February 23, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
It’s been a long, long time since we’ve heard anything about a Dell Android-based gadget, but you would be happy to know that the American electronics multinational is still alive, kicking and thinking about you Android geeks.
Well, sort of, at least, because the latest Dell manufactured Android-based product is set to hit the market in March, but doesn’t look very impressive, at least on paper. The Streak Pro GS01will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
The chipset is more than decent by today’s standards and should ensure a good overall performance level, but on the other hand the guys at Dell haven’t mentioned a thing about any upcoming Android 4.0 update, which is very unpromising.
The rest of the features should make the smartphone a decent medium to high-end gadget, at least for now. There’s 1 GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen with 960 x 540 pixels resolution, 8 GB of on-board memory, an 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash and a 1.3 MP front-facing webcam.
In terms of looks, the Streak Pro GS01 should be pretty elegant, but also sturdy and will be made available with a dark, classy all-black body. However, I personally am not overly excited with the smartphone’s measurements, as it is set to weigh in at 145 grams (5.11 ounces) and to measure 10.3 mm (0.4 inches) thick.
As far as connectivity goes, the 4.3-incher will feature WiFi, Bluetooth, but also HSDPA support with speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps in Japan through the eMobile network. Finally, in terms of pricing, things are not very ‘’pleasant’’, as the Streak Pro GS01 is set to cost ¥54,800 in Japan, which would convert today in around 680 US dollars. No word yet on a global release, but it’s pretty clear that if this smartphone will ever come to the United States or Europe, it will need an important price cut to draw some kind of interest.