Could Dell be about to get its first smartphone very, very right?
BGR now claims to have full details of the so-called 'Ophone mini31i' (best keep thinking about the branding Dell) and even scoops this extremely blurry multi-angle shot. So what do we learn?
In short that we have a potential iPhone 3GS rival, with the mini3i allegedly running a customised version of Android, sporting a 3.5in 640 x 360 18bit multi-touch display, aGPS and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR. There is also a 3MP camera with autofocus, flash and 30fps video recording alongside Microsoft Exchange support, integrated handwriting recognition, a multi-client IM and a microSD expansion slot. At just 58 x 122 x 11.7mm and 103g it's extremely pocket friendly too.
Question marks? Since this is supposedly heading to China first there's nothing about HSDPA (surely a given), while there's no mention of WiFi or what internal memory there will be. BGR's sources do say the Ophone mini3i is "launch ready" however so we might not be waiting long.
Are smartphones becoming the new netbooks? Does Google Android mean there is little barrier to any company now wishing to challenge the established smartphone players? I certainly hope so...