Apr 22 AT 3:39 PM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

AT&T Dell Aero, now with slower CPU and DRM

I’m sorry AT&T. The more we learn about the upcoming Dell Aero, the less excited we are about the device. The last time we posted impressions of the Aero, it was running without any of Google’s applications or the Android Market. AT&T claims the final device will include the Android Market, but nothing would shock us at this point after they removed Google search from their first Android phone.

New leaked product slides claim the Aero will come “equipped with one of the best in class processors”. This CPU is actually the low-end 624MHz Marvell (believed to be the PXA310).

For those keeping score at home, that is the same CPU featured in the General Mobile DSTL1. That device was never certified by Google so it lacked their native apps and the official Android Market.

Other notable details leaked about the Aero include a music store protected by Windows Media DRM, a 5 megapixel camera with flash, and the inclusion of a capacitive stylus with the device.

Current speculation says the Aero will launch on AT&T this June. Look for a refreshed version late in the year that should add support for Android 2.1.

Source: Engadget

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  • http://www.twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

    AT&T nuff said.

    If they are going to continue to cripple their Android devices then I say we as a community need not support them. They don’t need us since they have their locked-up cliche device the iPhone.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised that there is some influence in their decision to not release a premier Android phone.

    • http://Website morie

      This phone could be great, I just don’t like that extra added bulge and ‘it’ being tied to AT&T.. that’s all. Opinions:

  • http://alostpacket.com/ alostpacket

    Seems they are desperately trying to regain control after the iPhone got users demanding more than ridiculously locked down feature phones and blackberries. They are definitely shooting themselves in the foot though.

    @Dr.Jeckyl, isn’t the HTC Desire slated for AT&T?

    • http://www.twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

      You are correct. Forgot about that one. Although has it been announced it will be going to AT&T? I know it supports their bands but haven’t heard if the carrier will be selling them.

  • http://Website spooky Electric

    I have the backflip and it’ll be 20 times better if it wasn’t locked down. All the android phones that I am actually interested in are on other networks. Not everyone want to throw down 520 bucks for a nexus one. I am feeling I should have done that though. Makes me very worried of what they are goin to do with the Samsung Galaxy S. :/

  • http://Website justflorin

    You know what…i think at&t has this whole android business backwards…i really think they THINK open-platform means they are open to do as THEY wish to it.

    Someone should write them a letter and let them know their error, and say something to the effect that:

    ‘I noticed you have made 2 bone head mistakes…dont worry, verizon used to do this too…its not too late to fix the error of your ways and regain market share, all you have to do is let it be open to your stupid customers…we may not be as stupid as you think!’

  • http://Website jonnybravo

    i think that att just want to make android look bad, so people never leave the iphone

  • http://Website Name (required)

    AT&T had better suck Steve’s dick if they want that next iPhone. I think this is a prime example of lying to customers (“best in class processors”) in order to put spin on their backroom Apple deal.

  • http://Website jp2dj1

    Bravo!!! AT&T….. Bravo!!!!!! Why don’t you crippled the iPhone? What?! Steve jobs would bitch slap you?

    • http://Website Chris

      The iPhone is already pretty crippled as is.

      That’s why so many people need to jailbreak them. I suppose that given Apple’s culture, Apple needs to control it’s customers so badly.

  • http://Website Jim

    I am hoping the Galaxy S was put on those bands for release in Canada like the Milestone and the Xperia X10. AT&T would jsut ruin it anyway.

    And honestly, I don’t think steve will let them release a phone that is better or faster than the IPhone 3GS.

  • http://Website rev2redlineguy

    Man, talk about a stab in the back for AT&T’s customers. I’m a T-Mobile customer and I often hear about people whining because they don’t have high-end Android devices for the customers to purchase. Hey, it could be worse..you could be AT&T & try to get control of their customer’s and how they can use their phones. The purpose of Android is to be an open platform device for people who want to customize and make it each their very own phone. To take away Google Search on their browser…c’mon…someone needs to go over there and slap them in the face! Thank God I’m with TMO because you don’t see them doing that crap on us. So go ahead AT&T…we consumers know Android and what it’s capable of and the way you are going with your lockdown strategy, you are going to lose many customers to TMO and Verizon. As for the iPhone..I personally would never own one. They look too vanilla (like houses in a suburb that all look the same). Besides, if I can’t even take out my own battery from my phone and take a picture and use my own wallpaper for a background then what’s the point of owning this iPhone? BLAH!

  • http://Website fibergeek

    This phone will feature similar processor as recent blackberries. It is 9x series processors that are far superior in performance to the MSM7K processors that are in HTC G series phones and Backflip.