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Best Buy confirms exclusive phones, HTC Surround due early

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Fri October 15, 2010

Best Buy Mobile verifies smartphone exclusives

Best Buy Mobile announced this week it will be the exclusive retailer of four smartphones this holiday season, confirming an earlier leak. They include a white Xperia X10, Dell Streak, HTC Surround and white Samsung Fascinate. The four are now available for pre-order in stores and online, though the Fascinate is now a store-only offering.

The white Fascinate is also being sold without a contract and therefore carrier subsidy, so it costs $600. It will arrive in stores on October 20, and sport the same features as other Fascinates. This includes Android 2.1, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording and a 4-inch, 800x480 touchscreen.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 comes in white at Best Buy and includes The Essential Taylor Swift Experience. The deal gives buyers two of Swift's albums, a new single, ringtone and video content, and access to a new album that launches at the same time as the phone. The smartphone arrives on October 25, priced at $100 on a two-year contract.

The HTC Surround sports a 3.8-inch touchscreen and includes integrated Dolby Mobile and SRS surround sound speakers that slide out. It will be Best Buy's first Windows Phone 7-powered smartphone when it arrives on November 8 for $200 when paired with a two-year AT&T contract; the figure puts its launch early, as only the Samsung Focus was slated to arrive on the first day.

Finally, the 5-inch Streak tablet that doubles as a smartphone will be sold in Best Buy retail stores first when it arrives October 24. It will cost $300 on a two-year contract with AT&T. Specs include a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, Android 1.6, dual cameras, integrated A-GPS and 2GB of storage.

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