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Stunning Android based 'Thunder' Follows Lightning In Dell Leaks

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Stunning Android based 'Thunder' Follows Lightning In Dell Leaks

So could the fourth generation iPhone and Windows Phone 7 based Dell Lightning suddenly have Google Android ducking for cover? Not on the evidence of this trio...

What you see here are the 'Thunder' (above), 'Flash' (below, left) and 'Smoke' (below, right). Again Dell is the source of these 'leaks', but given their collective tastiness I'd encourage the company's board to regularly slip out its roadmaps.

Top billing has to go to the Thunder which, like the Lightning, has a 4.1in WVGA OLED multi-touch display, HSUPA, an eight megapixel camera and Flash video support. No doubt the likes of WiFi, GPS, an accelerometer, microSD and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU can be taken as given too. Where concerns are raised is Dell's custom UI which immediately rings alarm bells about hindering Android firmware updates in future, but it is measured by native social networking integration and Hulu support. Like the Lightning, it's due in Q4.

Meanwhile hitting the midrange are the 'Flash' and 'Smoke'. The former offers a now sooo-2009 3.5in multi-touch display (though it is WVGA), an 800MHz CPU, 5MP camera with image stabilisation and smile detection, 512MB ROM/RAM, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 (just as Bluetooth 4.0 appears) and microSD expansion. The Smoke matches all of this, but is forced to cut the screen size down to 2.8in (QVGA is mentioned, but it looks higher) because of its candybar Qwerty keyboard. The Flash is also slightly thinner at 11mm compared to the 12mm of the Smoke. Both are again due in Q4 and running Android 2.2, also known as 'Froyo'.

When combined with the swish Lightning, it seems Dell is taking to this phone making business like a certain feathered creature to H2O. All of which makes me wonder what everyone else is planning too. Based on the last week I'd like to suggest all companies 'leak' their roadmaps too...

Link:

Flash leak

Smoke leak

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LetsGo

April 22, 2010, 1:37 pm

Definitly going android. With the competition from HTC, Dell, Sony Erickson, Samsung, LG ... the phones are evolving fast.

Kieran

April 22, 2010, 2:45 pm

Definatly agree with you there,got the HTC desire last week (24month contract) right after they put the price up -.-





Still well worth it, never used android before ill admit it confused the hell out of me when i had over 200 phone numbers despite only adding 20 in myself, turned out they pulled everyone straight from facebook.





Such a nice phone OS haven't had any issues with it so far the more phones that use it the better, more apps will become available and like you said will evolve even faster.

Chris

April 22, 2010, 3:15 pm

While I'm willing to believe that the iPhone leak may have been just that, these perfectly crafted press shots are just too convenient to be leak material - and straight after the iPhone leak as well. Pull the other one, Dell...





Nice phones though. I hope those OS enhancements work as good as they look.

colin

April 22, 2010, 4:50 pm

sounds like Jobs & co think "droids" will rule the (cell phone) world and Apple's response is too cut their ARM's off by trying too buy their "Core" manufacturer. Google and co are on a roll with there new phones and os perhaps they should dive in first as a consortium and protect there product otherwise only the consumer will lose out

BOFH UK

April 22, 2010, 10:41 pm

I have to admit I'm still not convinced by Android. It's a lovely OS and the HTC Sense interface is very very nice indeed. The hardware's pretty damn good (althought the current gen of screens on the Nexus One and HTC Desire just don't work outdoors) and there's certainly a lot of choice for the consumer.





BUT I can't get past the lack of timely updates for Android handsets. If you're committing to an 18 or 24 month contract you want the handset to stay current during that time. It's a major weakness for Android with even some current phones running out of date software and in most cases no official upgrade path. That's pretty poor and a huge black mark for Android in terms of adopting it as a viable mobile computing platform, at least for me.

gelu88

April 24, 2010, 10:15 am

@BOFH:





Google has stated that they are aware of this, things will slow down after 2.2 Google will get around carrier and manufacturer indiffrence by updating most portions of the OS through the app store as opposed to wholesale updates. This way everyone has access to all the newest stuff.

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