Four new devices will only be available from the big box retailer

For the month of October, Best Buy is running a little promotion -- you may have heard of it -- called Free Phone Fridays. Every Friday throughout the month, the big box retailer will be giving away* free phones like, say, the Samsung Fascinate for Verizon (*with a qualifying two-year contract). As if the promotion, and the lack of mail-in rebate, isn't reason enough to skip over the direct wireless retailers, Best Buy will also exclusively stock four high-end smartphones.

According to a corporate press release, Best Buy will soon begin carrying a white Samsung Fascinate, a white Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, the Dell Streak, and the HTC Surround.

"Each one of these devices offers something new and unique to the market and we are excited and honored to bring them to our customers," said Scott Anderson, head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile.

The X10, Fascinate, and Dell Streak will all be available as early as Oct. 24, and will run $99, $149, and $299 respectively (with a qualifying two-year agreement). The Windows Phone 7-powered HTC Surround will be available Nov. 8, the WP7 launch day, and will run $199. All of the devices are currently available for pre-order at Best Buy locations and online at

Can't remember what sets these smartphones apart? Here's a quick recap of each one:

The Sony Ericsson X10 is a smartphone on AT&T's network, running Android 1.6. If it had been released closer to when it was announced last year, it could have been a top-tier device. And while it will most likely get lost in the Android shuffle, it does boast a few nice features: an 8.1-megapixel camera; a 4" WVGA touchscreen; a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor; and -- here's the clincher -- an "ultimate media pack of Taylor Swift content." And don't forget, it's definitely compatible with Sony Ericsson LiveView.

The Samsung Fascinate is Verizon's Galaxy S variant. It boasts a snappy, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel camera, 4" Super AMOLED touchscreen, and an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. It is currently running Android 2.1 out of the box, but should be receiving Froyo in the very near future.

Here's where things really get interesting. The Dell Streak is a 5" tablet-style smartphone on AT&T. It measures in at a svelte 0.4 inches thick and weighs only 7.7 ounces, making it more pocketable than your average 6" device. On the downside, it's currently running Android 1.6, though a Froyo update is promised "later this year." It's powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and boasts two cameras -- a front-facing VGA, and rear-facing 5-megapixel. The screen is covered by Corning's "scratch-resistant" Gorilla glass, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's more durable. Did we happen to mention the beautiful, 5" screen, because that's what really sets the Streak apart.

Finally, we have the HTC Surround, a Windows Phone 7 device for AT&T. The Surround boasts a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (like every WP7 phone is minimally required to), and is similar in form factor to Sprint's HTC EVO 4G. It is a bit smaller than the EVO, though, with a 3.8" touchscreen, and features a 5-megapixel camera. The Surround gets its name from a very cool feature that certainly differentiates itself from its peers and gears it towards the "multimedia friendly," -- it boasts dual Dolby surround sound speakers that slide up out of the central body. That's a very cool feature to use when propping the phone up on its integrated kickstand to watch videos or listen to music.

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