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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...

Link:
via BGR

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