updated 07:55 pm EDT, Wed October 13, 2010
No white iPhone, but phones from Sony and Samsung
Consumers desperate for a white smartphone -- or a first look at Dell's Streak 5-inch mini-tablet -- have new options at Best Buy, a report on Engadget has found. Starting October 24th, customers will be able to reserve white Sony Ericsson Xperia X10s, white Samsung Fascinates or the not-white Streaks with a $50 deposit, all powered by various versions of the Android OS. The smartphones require service by AT&T (for the Xperia) or Verizon (the Fascinate); cellular service is optional with the Streak but is provided by AT&T.
The Dell Streak features a 5-inch, 800x480 touchscreen with a high-for-its-class 187 pixels per inch (ppi) resolution. For comparison purposes, the iPad's 9.7-inch screen offers 133ppi, although the iPhone 4's Retina Display boasts 326ppi. It's powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and like the iPad does not support Flash, using a Adrena 200 chipset for graphics. Reportedly shipping with Android 1.6 at launch, the Streak will support 2.1 and 2.2 in future updates.
Being considerably smaller than the iPad, the Streak weighs in at half a pound (six ounces) and carries only 2GB of onboard storage (expandable using microSD cards), yet sports a full complement of smartphone accoutrements, including a GPS chip, front and back cameras (640x480 front, 5MP back), Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, 802.11b/g support and 512MB of RAM. It will reportedly cost around $500 unsubsidized.
The Xperia X10's main strength over its competitors is its high-quality back camera (8.1MP), which functions well even in low-light situations. It sells for around $700 unsubsidized, and also runs on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with a 800x480 resolution, four-inch screen. The phone offers 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, expandable to 16GB via microSD, accelerometer, GPS and a "photo light" to accompany the back camera (not to be confused with a flash, the light only provides close-up illumination).
The Samsung Fascinate offers a five-megapixel single camera and LED flash, a SuperAMOLED 800x480 touchscreen, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 512MB of RAM and 16GB on-board storage expandable to 32GB via microSD. Notable on the Fascinate is support for 802.11n, and it's locked-in support of Bing -- not Google -- as the default search engine. It will sell for around $199 (subsidized). [via Engadget]