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Dell Launches 'World's Lightest' Android Smartphone

Gordon Kelly


Dell Launches 'World's Lightest' Android Smartphone

Look familiar?

Yes, Dell is bringing its Android-based Mini 3i smartphone to the West and has performed some welcome nip and tucks. Now dubbed the Dell 'Aero' the handset is claimed to be the lightest Android phone to date - though with this being the case, as usual Dell has not revealed exactly how much the Aero weighs so we can check its facts.

So aside from this mysterious resistance to gravity what else do we know? Well for a start it carries over the 3.5in display with a 640 x 360 pixel resolution, ups the camera seen on the Mini 3i from three to 5MP, has 3G, GPS and WiFi and while Dell also refuses to just leave Android alone, the skin looks tolerable with native Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, YouTube and Twitpic integration.

When will we get it in the UK/Europe? At this stage we simply don't know, but I suspect it will largely depend on how network negotiations go. Grey imports do seem likely though, so if you're interested in owning the lightest Android phone of unknown weight then keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks.


Dell Aero Product Page at AT&T


March 25, 2010, 1:17 pm

Why do Dell et al (yes Samsung and others, I mean you as well) feel a need to add additional software to devices (PCs as well as phones) that detract from the device?

Most of the time the additional software just gets in the way - I wouldn't mind so much if it was easy to remove and to go back to the stock OS (at least with Windows is relatively easy to remove software).


March 25, 2010, 2:17 pm

Am I the only one who doesn't really care about handset weight? Whether it's 60g or 200g doesn't make much difference to portability, usability or desirability in real terms (in fact a reassuringly (within reason) heavy phone can feel higher quality than a lighter one, so can actually be more desirable).

I'm far more concerned with the thickness and ergonomics - rounded edges make it feel sleeker and slip into pockets more easily without leaving obvious angular bulges. I upgraded from an N95 (120g) to an iPhone 3GS (135g) and the latter, with its thinner form factor, is far more pocket friendly despite a few extra grams.

Luan Bach

March 25, 2010, 5:30 pm

Of course, the sneaky way of shaving off weight is to cut the battery size. I hope they haven't gone down that route.


March 25, 2010, 6:22 pm

@John Mclean, No I completely agree. My sister once had a phone (some samsung or other) that was so lightweight and poorly made. The paint/pink veneer was coming off and the slide was very flimsy. Of course within reason, I much prefer the attractive build quality of a heavier phone


March 25, 2010, 6:30 pm

WOW. Are these official press shots? That's one dodgy botched photoshop on the right. It would have taken seconds to use the perspective tool!


March 25, 2010, 6:54 pm

Wow. The third image of the phone - the one of it on it's side - has to be the *worst* photoshopped image I've seen... Please tell me that's not one of Dell's official images for the device.


March 25, 2010, 8:11 pm

With the kings of commodity computing Dell entering the smartphone fray you can expect the prices of these class of handsets and their accompanying tariffs to drop further.

@Cub: nice to see you on non-Apple related thread.

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