By Stephen Schenck | December 19, 2011 11:01 AM
A couple months back, Japanese carrier SoftBank announced a new Dell Android it had coming on the horizon, the Dell Streak Pro 101DL. It’s not that often that we get to hear about a new smartphone from Dell, so the event of one arriving at all would be noteworthy, but in this case we also had some pretty decent-sounding hardware to look forward to. While it would only have a qHD display instead of the 720p we’re starting to see in high-end phones, the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon should be more than sufficient. We had only heard about plans for the Streak Pro’s release in Japan, expected in January, but today the phone visited the FCC, showing off some US-compatible frequency support. Could we be looking at Dell bringing the phone to the States?
As announced on SoftBank, the Streak Pro was supposed to have a 3G radio for operation on the 2100MHz band. In this FCC documentation, however, the tested handset, identified as Dell model V04B, supports the AWS 1700MHz band used by T-Mobile.
Despite this, rumors indicate that the phone as we see it here is actually destined for China, where it will be one of the Yi-running models we heard that Dell was preparing for carrier Baidu. This is further reinforced by the presence of Chinese text all over the V04B’s FCC label, which we wouldn’t expect to see on a phone intended for US release. Maybe Dell will change its mind about the phone someday, but for now it looks constrained to Southeast Asia.