Dell announces the Streak Pro 101DL, but is it the Opus One?

Dell-streak-pro The Streak world is abuzz today about the newly revealed Dell Streak Pro 101DL, a Gingerbread-running phone with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen destined for Japanese carrier SoftBank. Release is set for January 2012 in Japan as well as a planned international rollout by Dell.

The phone packs a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core CPU, an 8MP rear facing camera paired with a 1.3MP forward camera for video chat, as well as dual W-CDMA and GSM bands. It looks set to launch with Dell Stage 2.0 overtop of Android 2.3. That 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen comes with a QHD resolution of 540 x 960.

The Streak Pro appears to have a rubberized back with grooves similar to those seen on the recent Toshiba Thrive tablets. It also has four capacitive buttons along the bottom edge, compared with the three found on the Streak 5. The headphone jack is mounted across the top, and the volume rocker seems to have been replaced by two physical circular buttons.

Given the rumored release timeframe and spec bump could we be looking at the Opus One? Or is this just a new Dell device altogether?

Either way, this at least assures us that Dell still has plans for its Streak line and that it's willing to play ball as far as hardware is concerned. Obviously more information (RAM, pricing, availability) is necessary before we can draw any clear conclusions, but this will undoubtedly give hope to those that thought a new Streak was out of the question. 

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Jon Jones

Jon Jones is a former contributing editor at StreakSmart, which was merged into Pocketables in 2012.