Dell Quietly Launches the Aero for AT&T


We’ve been waiting for this device to launch for a long while and AT&T’s been extremely quiet regarding its availability. It also hasn’t gotten the leak love we come to expect, but the Dell Aero’s finally available starting today for $99.99 on a two-year contract ($299.99 without). The device has a 3.5-inch capacitive display with the odd resolution of 640×360. It also features 2GB of onboard storage (with a microSD card slot to increase that), triband HSDPA and quadband EDGE, and a 5-megapixel camera.


One thing they conveniently left out of the presser is that the phone is running Android 1.5. The lack of mention leads us to believe that it’ll never see 2.x (at least not in this lifetime). Dell’s offering the phone on their site while AT&T is still listing it as “coming soon”.

Dell Creates Freedom, Style and Performance to Explore Life’s Biggest Moments on New 3.5-Inch Android Smartphone

Date: 8/24/2010
Round Rock, Texas

· Dell’s first U.S. smartphone, the Dell Aero, is available today in a polished graphite finish at Dell.com/mobile, by phone at 1-800-308-DELL, and coming soon to www.wireless.att.com. Dell Chat representatives are standing by 24 x 7 to answer Dell Aero related questions.

· The Dell Aero is available for $99.99 with new AT&T* two-year contract†, and $299.99 without.

Dell Aero, one of the lightest multi-touch 3.5-inch Google Android-based smartphones in the U.S., is designed to deliver a powerful, flexible, and entertaining experience in a stylish and compact design. Packed with today’s popular features, the Dell Aero will ship with Quick Office, Facebook with integrated calendar and contacts, Twitter and additional applications by Google, including YouTube and Android Market.

With AT&T’s Wi-Fi network, and the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, today’s social media mavens can simultaneously make voice calls and Tweet friends, post Facebook updates, share pictures or browse the Web. AT&T has the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network with more than 20,000 U.S. hotspots.*

Dell is a member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), a group of technology and mobile companies working to accelerate innovation in mobility. Together, the OHA created Android, the first complete, open and free mobile platform to provide people a rich, inexpensive and exceptional mobile experience.

“The Dell Aero is built with a focus on style and performance to help people find new ways to connect with friends and express themselves socially supported by the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network.” – Ron Garriques, president, Dell Communication Solutions

· One of the lightest Android smartphones in the U.S., on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network

· Experience YouTube and other Flash content in nHD

· 5-megapixel camera with 8x zoom, flash, dedicated camera key and advanced shooting and editing capabilities

· Connect with friends with one-touch access to social networks

· Multi-task with GPS, plus hands-free conversations

· Wi-Fi access at more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots with qualifying AT&T service plan

· Android platform complete with Android Market and Dell user interface enhancements

· 3.5-inch (640 x 360p) capacitive multi-touch display with pinch-to-zoom functionality

· Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

· Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)

· WiFi + Bluetooth

· 2 GB* on board user accessible Micro SD with expandable memory available up to 32 GB*

· Full HTML Browser with Adobe Flashlite

· GPS/A-GPS navigation

· POP, IMAP, Webmail and Microsoft Active Sync E-mail

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

Official Samsung Galaxy Tab Teaser Site Goes Live, Unveiled September 2nd

Previous article

Samsung Galaxy S Becomes the First DivX HD Certified Android Phone

Next article

You may also like


  1. Lol. Same processor, bigger, higher resolution than the Blackberry Torch

  2. i heard it is 1.5 android lol, dell thinks customers are fools to buy 1.5 android phones

  3. This is truly sad on Dells part. We will see what it has to offer once its high devices come out, because HTC. Motorola, and Samsung have a huge lead in this area. There is already a slate midrange device from HTC on AT&T and its running a more current OS. Dell needs to do better.

  4. I can’t believe this is Dell’s first US smart phone. I would be embarrassed with this device.

  5. dell and motorola(backflip) take the cake, both are selling 1.5 phones in the hypercompetitive smartphone world. Investors should call for the sacking of the CEOs of both motorola and dell. Shame shame

  6. no wonder it was quietly launched.

  7. i dont see where it mentions the processor, but from what i see of the other specs if they upgraded to 2.2 this would be a real competitor.

    just one question, is it quinti-band or septi-band? i noticed quad band edge and tri-band hspda, but two of those are overlaps. do they count as the same because they are on the same frequency or is that totally seperate?

  8. LMAO. I see why it was “quietly” released. In turn, it’ll be quietly pulled from the shelves (MS Kin?) before end of year. Take that to the bank.

  9. 2.2 on this would be nice lol, 1.5 is a joke, CEO should go home. Dell is a loser

  10. 1.5?! Seriously?!

  11. Dell is probably targeting non-smartphone users who knows nothing of Android or Froyo and might be tempted to upgrade from their feature phone for $99. For us Phandroids, this offer is indeed a joke.

  12. Hmmm, wonder if it is unlocked if bought without contract?

  13. Ok, so it’s shipping with Android 1.5. Wouldn’t it be possible to root the phone(eventually) and install the latest and greatest Android update or is there some mechanism that prevents that?

  14. @Jim R,
    Probably not. If you buy the Streak from Dell directly, unsubbed it is still locked to AT&T and you have to pay to have it unlocked. They will probably do the same with the Aero.

    The Streak was Dells first US smartphone, not this.

  15. Google should disallow companies selling 1.5 phones now. They should be given a Cease and desist letter. Is Dell doing this deliberately on Apple/Microsoft’s behalf ?

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Handsets