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Specs leak of Dell's first smartphone

updated 02:10 pm EDT, Fri August 14, 2009

Dell mini3i specs leaked

Full, albeit unofficial specs of Dell's mini3i smartphone have been leaked, answering nearly all questions about its first handset. The Android-powered phone will reportedly be more advanced than most Android phones with a 3.5-inch, 640x360 display as well as one of the first implementations of multi-touch on the Google platform. If so, the launch might come before the formal release of Android 2.0, which is rumored to get official multi-touch support.

Otherwise, the phone will be on par with devices like the Magic with a 3-megapixel camera that supports autofocus and video as well as GPS; Wi-Fi isn't mentioned, however, and is likely absent due to Chinese restrictions on the format. The government-backed Open Mobile System interface appears to be onboard and partly mimics the iPhone's interface.

The mini3i could be released within days, but despite quad-band GSM and EDGE support is unlikely to reach the US as-is given the company's failed attempt to launch a phone in the US earlier this year. Dell has regularly tried to compete with Apple in the handheld device space but has had no response to the iPhone; its Axim PDAs had no phone functionality and were canceled as the PDA market thinned out two years ago. [via BGR]




by MacNN Staff

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  1. macemoneta

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    No WiFi, No Sale

    Not introducing the phone in the USA is a smart move on Dell's part. A smartphone without WiFi is a non-starter at this point.

    WiFi gives you the choice in whether or not to get a data plan. After all, if you are normally in environments that have WiFi, why pay for a data plan?

    In a recession, saving $30 /mo/phone is not trivial.

  1. macemoneta

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    No WiFi, No Sale

    Not introducing the phone in the USA is a smart move on Dell's part. A smartphone without WiFi is a non-starter at this point.

    WiFi gives you the choice in whether or not to get a data plan. After all, if you are normally in environments that have WiFi, why pay for a data plan?

    In a recession, saving $30 /mo/phone is not trivial.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Re: No wifi...

    WiFi gives you the choice in whether or not to get a data plan. After all, if you are normally in environments that have WiFi, why pay for a data plan?

    And yet Apple forces you to have a data plan with the iPhone...

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: ins't ATT

    It isn't ATT forcing the data plan. It's Apple, for Apple knows that the iPhone is 'more useful' if its always connected to the internet. So they demand it.

    Because it isn't like the data plan is optional in every other part of the world.

  1. Le Flaneur

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    just words

    Then data plans shouldn't be billed separately, then. Isn't it all data anyway? $80/month to use an iPhone with AT&T is too much. The Europeans are paying far less -- for both the phone and the plan (and getting 18 month contracts instead of 24).

  1. maae

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Denmark

    Here in Denmark, the max binding period is 6 months - though I pay 110 bucks per month - 3-5.5 mbit with tethering and no cap.

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