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New Dell Thunder Leak Adds Credence to Rumours

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Dell Thunder Leak Confirms Specs

Remember that Dell Thunder we told you about? A leak has confirmed its specifications, which include a 4.1in OLED screen and eight megapixel camera.

This puts it up against the most powerful Android phone available today, the Samsung Galaxy S. We can likely assume the phones share 512MB of memory, Bluetooth 3.0 and a screen resolution of 480 x 800, though between Samsung's 4in Super AMOLED screen and Dell's OLED 4.1in display we'll have to see which one provides a better viewing experience.

Based on our familiarity with the excellent Dell Streak, we think it's safe to say that the Thunder will feel more like a premium device, and it certainly looks it! Its camera not only has a higher megapixel count, but also features flash. The device leaked to Engadget was running vanilla Android, but Dell is more than likely to apply its own skin should the device come to market.

On the other hand, if Dell ships the Thunder with the same 2.1 version of Android as it will update the Streak to, Samsung will by that time probably already be on version 2.2 (Froyo). Its 1GHz Hummingbird processor is also faster than the Snapdragon CPU which will likely be stirring at the heart of the Thunder, and the Galaxy S should be superior for 3D gaming, which might be coming to Android soon in a big way. It also has a higher capacity battery, 1,500mAh compared to the Dell's 1,400mAh.

We should find out either way before too long, but in the meantime, which phone do you think will win your heart (and cash)?

Via Engadget


August 12, 2010, 3:40 pm

Neither. I'm waiting for phones built specifically for Android 3. If the post about the Sony phone is correct that its' coming in October there's no point buying anything else right now.

The Thunder looks sexy though.

Denis iii

August 12, 2010, 4:38 pm

i'm not interested in ANY Android device unless it it running vanilla Android or I can with ease change it to vanilla android

FFS google, hurry up with android 3.0 which i hope will be treated like PC OS's do.


August 12, 2010, 6:07 pm


I'm with you on that one. I'm also one of the minority who prefer a physical keyboard, though I'll happily give that up for proper gaming keys :)


I would hope that phones as powerful as the Galaxy and Thunder would be able to run (and eventually offered upgrades to) Android 3.0, otherwise there are sure to be many miffed owners... Time will tell.


August 12, 2010, 8:45 pm

Miffed Samsung Galaxy owners, now that'd be a first...

I do hope Google are sharing their plans with their partners so that phones being released now are upgradable. If not both of them will loose a lot of goodwill and faith in Android. I'm still waiting though, something built to take full advantage of the new features of Gingerbread (whatever they are...) is desireable over something ported to shoe it in.

I don't think you're in such a minority in preferring a keyboard. A lot of people 'get by' without one, but no matter how much Apple koolaid you drink nobody will deny a physical keyboard is better. One of my friends who's a far bigger gadget fiend than me got an iPhone "to play around with the apps" two weeks ago and he's loving it. But, hew's holding onto his Blackberry for the keyboard, the far better messaging features, decent battery life, call quality and overall reliablity. Still no one device is perfect.


August 12, 2010, 10:27 pm

Wish TR and other gadget sites would stop referencing the megapixels in the camera as a positive attribute.

If they did so, maybe this phone would have a good quality 5 megapixel camera instead of what's undoubtedly a poor quality 8 megapixel one.


August 12, 2010, 11:05 pm

Lost all interest in any new phone now that sony was leaked. My ideal device, just hope it gets a spec boost as snapdragon would be a major letdown.


August 13, 2010, 1:39 pm


I will deny that a physical keyboard is better!

I have big hands, big fingers, and I just can't get on with those tiny buttons. I'm not massively impressed with the iphone style of keyboard - it's usable, but I agree that I can't type all that quick on it. Personally, I use Swype on my HTC Desire, and I love it. I can type almost as quickly on that as I can on an actual full size keyboard. I wouldn't go back to having a physical keyboard on a phone. Incidentally, my wife has one on her Sony Experia X10 Mini Pro which she loves, but I struggle with that too!

Horse for courses, as they say...


August 13, 2010, 11:26 pm

Seriously the fact that Dell, who is completely new to the market can release high spec devices like this makes you wonder. What is going wrong at Blackberry? They've been at this for as long as time began and still the best they can come up with is a 600mhz processor and low pixel screen. It took them around a millennia to update their completely outdated OS. Seriously what is wrong with them??


August 16, 2010, 10:25 pm

Regarding Blackberry, possibly the same thing that happened to Motorola when THEY released a hit phone. I can't believe the phone to have in 2005 was a Razr. Nowadays anyone that bought one probably can't believe or fathom why they ever did.

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