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Dell 'Lightning' Windows Phone 7 Mega Handset Leaks

Ok this is just getting silly now...

Following on from the news the lost fourth generation iPhone is indeed real, it seems Dell is keen to get in on the act of 'accidental leaks' with a pretty spectacular one of its own. In an anything-you-can-do riposte to its US rival Gizmodo, fellow bloggers engadget have received 'leaks' (I'm sticking to the inverted commas) revealing the Dell 'Lightning' - the first production handset we've seen for Windows Phone 7.

The Lightning isn't any old model either - which isn't surprising given Microsoft's strict rules for Windows Phone 7 hardware and the row over the HTC HD2's suitability. Well now we can see why: the lightning is a technological tour de force sporting a 4.1in WVGA OLED multi-touch display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP autofocus camera with flash, 1GB of ROM plus 512MB of DDR SDRAM, accelerated 3D graphics, GPS, HSDPA, wireless n, an FM tuner, micro USB charging and DivX & Flash video playback.

Furthermore, Dell's leaked product sheet shows '8GB microSD' which is interesting since Microsoft isn't allowing removable story in Windows Phone 7 models. Consequently you'd have to think this was built in, but limiting a beast like this to just 8GB would seem something of a crime. Another potential problem could be the sliding Qwerty keyboard since it adds significant bulk to the Lightning stretching its depth to a very chunky 14.9mm alongside a sizeable 121.6 x 64.4mm footprint. Weight - probably with good reason - is 'TBC'.

The Dell Lightning is scheduled for a Q4 release meaning it should be a day one Windows Phone 7 handset and if they're all going to turn out like this it seems Google and Apple may not be having things all their own way after all...

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Via engadget

TechnicPuppet

April 22, 2010, 12:26 pm

Simply stunning, the new front runner to replace my HTC Desire. Be interesting to see what HTC comes up with actually.

PGrGr

April 22, 2010, 3:34 pm

"Storage" not "story", I think. Unless you mean it's got some sort of permanent ebook memory thing going on...

MrGodfrey

April 22, 2010, 7:30 pm

Looks good, but surely there has to be a limit to the size of these phones?

sonisoe

April 22, 2010, 8:06 pm

beauuuuuuuuuuutiful...... why can't blackberry come up with beautiful handsets...bb's os may be tolerably jaded, but at least they should be inspired by their competitors to come up with this kind of breathtaking design....

Peter

April 22, 2010, 8:56 pm

iWant

Mawich

April 23, 2010, 12:26 pm

Very nice. I hope they do manage to go with a microSD slot, Microsoft should have a reality check if they really think it's a good idea to forbid removable storage. I guess they're just wanting to run it on an iPhone.





Definitely going to be keeping an eye on Windows Phone 7. I'm with Android on a Desire for the next two years, but by then WP7 should be nicely baked and well worth a look, as I really love the aesthetic it's got going on.

Martin Daler

April 25, 2010, 6:57 pm

finally we get to where Psion left off all those years ago - big screen, proper keyboard. Let's hope the software is a match. The fancy screen transitions are great eye-candy, but I'm more concerned with how intuitive and functional the applications are.


I hope TR are signed up for an in-depth user-centric review ASAP!

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