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Smartphones, TV-Phone, Netbook Debut

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NEW YORK — Recent cellular introductions include Dell’s Androidbased Streak, a new FLO TV-equipped phone from AT&T, an LG-made global- roaming Windows smartphone from Verizon Wireless, and Verizon’s second Windows 7 netbook.

Dell’s Streak, due this summer in the U.S., is called a tablet by the PC maker because of its large 5-inch screen, but it can be used like any Android-based smartphones to make cellular voice calls.

The device, formerly called the Mini5, operates on 3G W-CDMA 7.2Mbps HSDPA cellular networks, but the company hasn’t said whether the device incorporates the frequency bands for the AT&T or T-Mobile networks in the U.S. U.S. pricing and distribution details also were revealed.

The Streak features 5-inch multitouch capacitive touchscreen compared with the maximum 4- and 4.3-inch touchscreens appearing on other smartphones, including Sprint’s planned 4G HTC Evo with 4.3-inch screen.

The device, said Dell communications group president Ron Garriques, “hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets.” With Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a company statement added, Streak combines the “basic functionality, performance, and benefits of a laptop in a pocket-friendly size.”

For its part, AT&T launched its latest phone to support Qualcomm’s FLO TV service. It’s the LG Vu Plus, a touchscreen phone with slide-fromthe- side QWERTYY keyboard.

The 3G 7.2 Mbps HSPA phone replaces the LG Vu, which lacked QWERTY keyboard but featured FLO TV. The Vu Plus will join the carrier’s other TV phone, the touchscreen- only Samsung Mythic.

The LG Vu Plus features 7.2Mbps HSPA wireless technology. It was to become available June 6 at AT&T retail stores nationwide and online at

www.wireless.att.com

for $149 with two-year service and after $50 mail-in rebate.

Verizon Wireless added to its selection of 3G smartphones capable of operating around the world in 3G mode. The carrier’s LG-made touchscreenequipped Fathom, a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone with slide-from-theside QWERTY keyboard, operates in 3G mode in North American CDMA 1x EV-DO (Rev. A) 800/1900MHz networks and in 3G mode in overseas 2.1GHz W-CDMA HSDPA networks.

The device, which features 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, became available through the carrier’s business channels May 27 and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and the carrier’s Web site on June 3 at $149. The price is after a $100 mail-in rebate.

The Fathom’s launch followed Verizon’s launch of another LG smartphone, the Ally, which is LG’s first U.S.-market Android phone. It became available May 20 at $99.99.

In 3G-equipped netbooks, Verizon launched the HP Mini 210-1076NR at $149.99 after $100 mail-in rebate and two-year data-plan contract. The price with a prepaid data plan is $499.99.

The 210 replaces the HP Mini 110, leaving the carrier’s netbook selection at three, a spokesperson told TWICE.

The new model is the carrier’s second Windows 7 netbook, this one using the Windows 7 starter OS. The other Windows 7 netbook, the stepup HP Mini 311, features Windows 7 Home Premium and is the carrier’s top-end netbook.

Verizon’s netbooks operate at 3G speeds a round the world in 850/1900MHz CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A mode and in 850/1900/2100MHz 3G HSPA mode.

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