updated 02:05 pm EDT, Fri October 16, 2009
Dell sees mini 3i, other mobile platforms
Michael Dell today on Thursday said in a public talk on Thursday that the company plans to bring smartphones to the US. While unspecific on details, he claims that any devices that show will be "family members" of the mini 3i from China. At least one will be based on Android, but he stresses that other open platforms are candidates.
Technically oriented rumors have portrayed the handset as an upgraded version of the mini 3i with better construction and a 5-megapixel camera; changes to accommodate the US market, such as localized 3G and Wi-Fi, are also possible.
The remarks appear to rule out the multi-vendor but closed Windows Mobile and instead point to other platforms, such as LiMo or Symbian. It additionally represents a reversal from the company's previous loyalty to Microsoft for its Axim PDAs.