At a press conference in China this morning Dell unveiled a new the Streak Pro 101DL. The smartphone is the result of a collaboration with Baidu, China’s top search engine, and will run the company’s Yi operating system. Yi is Linux-based, but highly customized to work with Baidu and cater to the specific needs of Chinese users, and capable of running Android apps.
The new phone sports an impressive set of tech specs, including a 4.3 inch AMOLED screen and a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Qualcomm processor. At the press conference Dell’s president of Greater China said that this would be the first of many Dell products coming to the Chinese smartphone market, and that China was becoming a sufficiently important market that many of Dell’s products would be launching there before other countries. This is already the case with the Dell Streak 10 Pro, a 10 inch Android tablet that launched in China earlier this year, but has yet to make it to American shores. In fact, Dell has pulled out of the US tablet market completely, at least for the time being, though the company maintains a presence in the tablet market in other countries, including China, where the Streak 10 Pro is fairly popular.