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Dell Android Smartphone Made Official

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Dell Android Smartphone Made Official

It looks as if Dell's first smartphone is going to be something of a damp squib...

The Mini3i was first leaked last week and has now been outed in Beijing. So what's the what?

According to BGR they read as follows:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 12

  • Size: 68.6cc

  • 103g grams weight

  • Dimensions: 58 x 122 x 11.7mm

  • Display: 3.5in 640×360 LCD, 18-bit, 262K colors

  • OTA capable

  • Microsoft Exchange support

  • Google, AIM, Yahoo and MSN IM support

  • 3 megapixel auto-focus, flash, 8x digital zoom camera with 30fps video shooting mode, built in photo editor

  • USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

  • A-GPS

  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard, hardwriting recognition, multi touch UI

  • MicroSD slot
  • {/s}
As for the OS, it is indeed Android based, but based on China's modified Open Mobile system. Furthermore, if you think your eyes are deceiving you then sadly you'd be mistaken. The Mini3i is EDGE only and while WiFi is missing that is more a quirk of the Chinese market than a deliberate vendor decision (even the iPhone lacks WiFi in China).

I contacted Dell UK to see if the Mini3i might be headed our way, but only got this horribly generic response: "Dell is here to support China Mobile and their development efforts. We have made no announcements and do not comment on unannounced products."

Well, unannounced or not Dell, the cat is now out of the bag. That said, we wouldn't be altogether unhappy if it climbed back inside again...


via BGR

Adam Foreman

August 17, 2009, 8:43 pm

Its such a iPhone "wanna-be", with so many touch phones on the market these days, I'd hate to think of how much as a percentage these and others like it will steal from Apple's market majority. But the biggest question of all is why DELL?

Peter 20

August 17, 2009, 9:15 pm

Is that a resistive touch screen i see? On Android phone?


August 17, 2009, 9:44 pm

@Peter. My understanding is that for the Chinese character input to work accurately you need a resistive screen so you can use a stylus.


August 17, 2009, 10:01 pm

It's a shame that this is not coming to these or any other shores. A big player like Dell adds further momentum to this very promising software platform.

Adam Foreman: Why is it such a problem that this might take some of the market share currently controlled by Apple? Especially when that very domination has recently drawn the attentions of the US regulators, allerted to its monopolistic and arbitrary practices.

Peter 20

August 17, 2009, 10:04 pm

Aha... That makes sense. Thanks OldTimer

Adam Foreman

August 18, 2009, 12:49 am

@ffrankmccaffery, I'm am unsure why you take offence, my point is that the majority of people I see on my train in the morning has one of two phones, a Blackberry of some sort or an iPhone. The touchscreen market is dominated by the iPhone and backed up by numerous reviews including TR. As a percentage, how much do you think other manufacturers acquire by comparison in an already dominated market? Also please explain the monopolistic and arbitrary practices by Apple? Surely you mean the contracts in which they sign operators? Which I agree, but the phone itself can't be attributed to that.


August 18, 2009, 5:25 am

Adam Foreman: it seems you find it hurtfull that a manufacturer such as Dell could copy an idea of a rival such as your beloved Apple and then proceed to take over the marketshare previous controlled by that very company. Apple has a history of doing similar itself.

The touchscreen market isnt as dominated by Apple as youd dream it to be. Handsets from rival manufacturers are selling just as well. Your numerous sightings of iPhones and Blackberrys on your way to work tells you more about the social demographic of your fellow passengers than the marketshare of those two handsets. Take the bus instead and youll notice considerably more handsets from the likes of Nokia and LG.

The vast majority of people who take out a mobile contract decide on a phone after they've chosen the tariff and even than its over which one has the greater number of megapixels in its camera.

And are you such a blinkered machead that you find nothing untoward about Apples business practices in relation to its mobile applications store? have you been even reading the news lately?

Adam Foreman

August 18, 2009, 2:49 pm

@ffrankmccaffery, You obviously feel I am an Apple Fanboy but your comments fail for two reasons, 1. I have a Blackberry, and 2. I hate MAC's. When I'm on the bus I do see Nokia's SAMSUNG, LG etc, but none of them are usually touchscreen.It's a perception of quality and branding. The iPhone is considered by many if not most to be the phone of choice and even having a Blackberry myself, having iTunes and the App-store behind it, make it a far more attractive touchphone than anything on the market today. Surely you cant deny that?


August 18, 2009, 5:43 pm

"the majority of people I see on my train in the morning has one of two phones, a Blackberry of some sort or an iPhone"

This should read..."The majority of people I see fiddling with their phones...". The point is, most of the people on the train probably do have a phone, but for most of them, it is a nokia or similar sitting in their pocket / handbag. I think it is less about the demographic of bus or train, and more about why you're "seeing" those phones. People like iPhones because of the UI, if it's sitting in your pocket, the UI means nothing so it has to be played with to bring pleasure to the user. Similarly the USP for Blackberry is the whole email thang...so people use it on the train / bus to do emails. Just looking at market share, I would suggest that "most" phones carried on the train / bus are likely to be Nokias.



August 18, 2009, 6:01 pm

@ILoveGadgets: I think it's a bit much to say the enjoyment of the iPhone is its UI and that's why people flash them about. I think youll find it's that the ease with which you can access the internet, view emails, watch podcasts, play games, and use all the myriad other downloadable apps means you can pretty much always find something to do on your iPhone when you have a spare moment. The same can't be same for most non-smartphnoes. Other smartphones are similar - which explains why you also see blackberrys being flashed about - but I think the iPhone still has the lead because it's quite so easy to use and they're more popular than most other smartphones in the consumer sector.


August 18, 2009, 7:30 pm

I seem to have to drawn out the iphone groupies on this one. First ILoveGadgets, you really are a special case, this quote of yours "so it has to be played with to bring pleasure to the user." is a peach. Are you sure you havent mistaken your iPhone for another streamlined gadget? Think about the hygeine.

Perhaps another reason why your noticing more iPhones than any other brand of phone is maybe because the owners of those iPhones want you to notice them.

As for you Adam Foreman, argueing with you up is like flushing out moles from a field. You immediately crawl out with a different point. I never said you had an iPhone or wether you liked macs or not.

The interfaces on all of Apples products are intelligently designed, often correctly guessing your next movement and offering the appropiate options. However the servant soon turns master with this company and you find yourself being told what you need. In the case of the iPhone you find yourself being told that you dont need expandable storage, standardised inputs, user-replacable batteries amongst other things.


August 19, 2009, 6:47 pm

@Ed - is it not UI that enables "the ease with which you can access the internet, view emails, watch podcasts..."

@ffrankmccaffery you have a filthy mind :) Oh and fyi I am definitely not an iPhone groupie - I really, really don't want one.

Both somewhat missing the point though. Point being made was that the iPhone is a phone that encourages you to get it out and fiddle with it. I think it is well recognised there are plenty of smartphones out there that have more or better features (most smartphones will do everything in your list Ed), however, it is the way that the iPhone does them that is its USP.

I'm not passing judgement on the iPhone for this, just theorising why out of a selection of phone users, those with Blackberrys or iPhones are more likely to have them in their hands than in their pockets.


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