Last week we found out just a tiny bit more about Dell's MID/tablet plans. Today, we've got a boatload of information on the company's smartphone plans.
First up is the stunningly beautiful 'Lightning.' This is Dell's Windows Phone 7 device and it's a portrait slider with a full QWERTY keyboard. Engadget cites leaked documents that detail a 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon processor; 512MB of RAM plus 8GB of MicroSD storage; a 4.1-inch WVGA OLED display; a 5-megapixel camera, complete with autofocus; GPS; accelerometer; compass and FM radio. Though the specs say it will come with full Flash support including video playback, Microsoft has said WP7 won't initially support Flash. This device is scheduled for a Q4 launch so there's no way of knowing if the situation will have changed by then but here's hoping, eh? The Lightning will be available on AT&T and T-Mobile.
Next is Dell's Android smartphone, 'Thunder.' With Android 2.1 (and a custom Dell UI on top), the candy bar device packs a 4.1-inch WVGA OLED screen and Engadget reports that it ties into Facebook and Twitter for social networking, and taps Swype for a touchscreen keyboard replacement. The Dell documents on this baby say Flash 10.1 and an integrated Hulu application as well as the same Snapdragon CPU as the Lightning. This one will be available in AT&T and world-friendly HSDPA versions in Q4.
Even better than the hearty specs and great aesthetics, both phones will be getting an LTE upgrade in Q4 of 2011.
This one is described by the guys at Engagdet as "like a Pixi but awesome." Dubbed 'Smoke' this is also an Android phone (Froyo). You're looking at a 2.8-inch QVGA display; Qualcomm's next-generation MSM7230 800MHz processor; a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus; 14.4Mbps HSPA, microSD expansion to 32GB, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and dual-mic noise canceling technology. Expected to arrive in the first half of 2011, the device is aimed squarely at corporate types and Dell says it won't break the bank. Happy days.
This phone is the Dell Flash. Similar to Smoke, this is a Froyo device scheduled for launch in 2011. The Flash boasts a 3.5-inch WvGA LCD and 850 / 1900 / 2100MHz HSPA maxing out at 14.4Mbps down and 5.6Mbps "or better" up. It's also got a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, image stabilization, and smile/blink detection as well as 512MB of RAM and ROM with microSD expansion up to 64GB. WiFi is a go along with TV-out, Bluetooth 3.0 and Qualcomm's MSM7230 800MHz CPU. Dell is said to be making this 11mm-thick phone out of "a slice of curved glass."
The last of the five devices is the Aero. It's not as flashy as the first four and many of you will recognize this as the Dell smartphone that launched in China a while back. It packs a 624MHz Marvell processor and a 3.5-inch capacitive multitouch screen. The device also ships with a capacitive stylus for handwriting recognition. Engadget reports that the Android phone comes with QuickOffice right out of the box and supports Microsoft ActiveSync and Exchange. The social networking aspect of things is covered with on device photo editing and "aggregated notifications" for all your networks. Supposedly running Android 1.5, Dell points to an upgrade to 2.1 later in year.
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