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The Dell Streak, powered by Google's Android OS  (Source: Engadget)
Phone is Dell's first smart phone effort

Even as competitor Hewlett-Packard tries to figure out what to do with its Palm smartphone division, Dell is charging ahead with plans to release its first smartphones.  Leading that charge is the "Thunder", a phone powered by Google's wildly successful Android operating system.

News of Thunder and a twin Windows Phone 7 handset "Lightning" leaked back in April.  Dell has since confirmed that Thunder is a real product.  Now the first video of the phone in the wild has been aired.

The phone looks slick.  It sports a glossy finish backplate, emblazoned with the Dell logo, and a metallic outer frame.  The phone looks razor thin -- though this is still an early prototype.  The device showcases a gorgeous 4.1" OLED screen.  The resolution is unknown, but is expected to be high, given the 7 x 4 icon grid on the the prototype.

The phone also features an 8 megapixel camera, centered on the back plate of the phone.  An LED flash is also seen directly beneath the camera.  No signs of a front-facing camera are seen -- just three touch buttons on the bottom of the screen area.

The prototype sports a swappable 1400 milli-amp-hour battery and runs on Android 2.1.  The final version, set to launch in Q4 2010 (just in time for the holidays), is expected to run Android 2.2 Froyo.

Dell is also showing Google more love, releasing a series of tablet devices.  The first of those -- the 5-inch Streak -- is already out, and the 7-inch Dell Looking Glass is expected to follow.  Two other phone handsets -- the Dell Smoke and the Dell Flash are also rumored to be incoming sometime in 2011.

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It looks absolutely
By cknobman on 8/20/2010 1:45:32 PM , Rating: 3
fugly if you ask me.

To glossy and too much chrome!!!

RE: It looks absolutely
By MGSsancho on 8/20/2010 4:42:54 PM , Rating: 2
Mac fans seam to eat that stuff up. maybe Dells implementation just isn't the right mix

RE: It looks absolutely
By CrazyBernie on 8/21/2010 8:26:48 PM , Rating: 2
Correction: Mac(Apple) fans eat whatever Jobs shits out.

RE: It looks absolutely
By BruceLeet on 8/21/2010 12:41:59 AM , Rating: 3
Well I'm sure there will be more options as far as cosmetics go upon official release, and if all you notice about this article is the pictures. Crayola just released a new coloring book...

Better image...
By bradmshannon on 8/20/2010 10:24:38 AM , Rating: 3
A better image would've been from The Rundown..."A little thunder, a little lightning..."

RE: Better image...
By spookynutz on 8/20/2010 3:36:01 PM , Rating: 2
Rocky came to my mind... "Rock, yer gonna eat lightning, and crap thunder!"

Phone looks okay to me. It certainly looks like a phone, anyway. Which is something, I guess.

By ipay on 8/20/10, Rating: 0
RE: Nice
By XSpeedracerX on 8/22/2010 12:52:58 AM , Rating: 2
Don't count on it. Apple is less a company than a cult. It's followers will continue to snap up everything they offer regardless. They aren't going anywhere.

By nafhan on 8/20/2010 11:13:51 AM , Rating: 2
So, this looks like it might be a pretty good phone, but I can't help but think that Dell needs to do something more than sell devices loaded with generic software and built by other companies if they're going to survive in the smartphone business. They aren't making their own hardware like HTC, Moto, LG, etc. and they aren't differentiating on the software side like Palm/HP or Apple.

By sprockkets on 8/20/2010 1:47:40 PM , Rating: 2
Phone is Dell's first smart phone effort

Dell Streak is a phone, not a tablet

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