While most Japanese handset makers announce their entrance on other markets, such as Europe, US-based company Dell is withdrawing its presence on this market due to low sales. The company seems to have limited its operations to Japan and possibly North America, at least for the moment
With only a few days left until Mobile World Congress 2012 kicks off, Dell announces the upcoming availability of Streak Pro GS01. However, the smartphone will be released in Japan with slim chances to be available outside the country.
According to Dell, the smartphone will hit shelves in Japan on March 8 and will be available for purchase for a suggested retail price of ¥54,800 (680 USD or 510 EUR), but the phone can be grabbed for much less on select plans. Dell Streak Pro
GS01 is equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and packs 8GB of internal memory, 1GB of RAM and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).
The phone will only be available in black, but if it proves popular, Dell might launch additional color schemes. This will probably be a smart move, given the Japanese appetite for pink, white and other vivid colors.
The Streak Pro GS01 measures 125.9 x 64.5 x 10.3mm and weighs about 145g (battery included). The phone is powered by Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread
platform, but Dell has yet to announce any plans to upgrade this smartphone to Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
On the back, the smartphone sports an enhanced 8-megapixel camera, which features autofocus, LED flash and HD video recording, while in the front there’s a secondary 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls.
The phone also boasts a 4.3-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports 960 x 540 pixels resolution and 16 million colors. It is also worth mentioning that the phone’s battery is rated by the manufacturer for up to 280 hours of standby time or up to 6 hours of talk time.