UPDATE 1-Dell debuts first U.S. smartphone at $100

* Android-based Aero takes on iPhone, other devices

* U.S. debut follows Dell launch of smartphone in China

LOS ANGELES, Aug 24 (BestGrowthStock) – Dell Inc (DELL.O: ) on
Tuesday released its first U.S. smartphone, entering the
increasingly crowded market with a 3.5-inch Android device
called the Aero that costs about $100 on AT&T’s (T.N: ) network.

The long-anticipated move by the computer manufacturer puts
Dell in competition with Apple Inc (Read more about Apple stock future.) (AAPL.O: ), the market leader
in smartphones, and with a clutch of other phones that use
Google Inc (Read more about Google Stock Analysis)’s (GOOG.O: ) Android operating system.

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell said its new smartphone will
sell for $99.99 with a 2-year contract from AT&T, or $299.99
without the contract.

Dell said the Aero will be one of the lightest Android
smartphones in the United States, and will support Adobe
Systems Inc’s (ADBE.O: ) Flash software. That sets Dell apart
from Apple, which has declined to use Flash on its mobile
devices.

The personal computer maker entered the smartphone market
in late 2009 with the release of its Mini 3 in China. The
company also released a 5-inch tablet called the Streak this
month, which also runs on Android and and uses the AT&T network
for phone calls. That will compete with Apple’s iPad.
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The worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow 36
percent to 247 million units in 2010 from 182 million in 2009
according to IT research outfit iSuppli.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Additional reporting by Sinead
Carew; Editing by Richard Chang)

UPDATE 1-Dell debuts first U.S. smartphone at $100