Dell Releases $100 Aero Smartphone On AT&T

Dell has released its second smartphone, the Android-based Aero in the US, a few months after it launched the Streak in the UK and days after its release in North America.

The handset will cost only $99.99 with a two year contract on AT&T and a chunky $299.99 when purchased contract-free/unlocked.

At 104g, the Aero is a lightweight compared to rival models; it has a 3.5-inch 360x640 pixels screen, a 624MHz Marvell CPU, a 5-megapixel camera, 3G, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2GB internal memory and runs on Android 1.5 with a customised UI.

The inclusion of Android 1.5 is a surprise given that Google has already released v2.2 and is just about to bring in v3.0 in the last quarter of 2010. Dell confirmed that there are no plans to roll out an update in a near future

The Aero also includes Microsoft email with Active Sync, Quick Office mobile productivity suite and a few more customised applications as well. It is likely to be available in the UK by the end of the year, possibly with Android 3.0.

Expect Dell to release a few more Android and Windows Phone 7 handsets by then.