Dell to produce slick Windows and Android smartphone
Dell is hardly among the short list of companies you first think of when it comes to smartphones. But Dell is planning a major push in mobile later this year that could change the way the PC giant is perceived in the space. That’s the thinking anyway thanks to information and photos leaked to Engadget. The tech site published details of what is purported to be the Dell Lightning, a smartphone based on Microsoft’s promising new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. Engadget also spilled the beans on a new Android-based Dell handset called—you guessed it—Thunder, as well as new Dell tablet computers that are also based on Google’s mobile OS.
Responding to my email asking for confirmation of the new devices, a Dell spokesman said: “Dell continually develops and tests new products that extend the mobile experience. We have not made any product announcements and do not comment on speculation, rumor or unannounced products.”
Specs and design-wise the Lightning device that Engadget is showing looks rather sweet, as least on paper. According to Engadget it’s a “portrait slider” device that houses a robust Snapdragon processor and a 4.1-inch display based on thin and bright OLED technology. It has a five megapixel autofocus camera, 1GB of flash with 512MB RAM, plus 8GB of storage on a MicroSD card. It also has GPS, an accelerometer, compass, FM radio, and full Flash support including video playback.
Though the phone will apparently will tap into AT&T and T-Mobile 3G networks when it arrives later this year, Engadget says Lightning could also receive an upgrade that would let it run on faster emerging 4G so-called “LTE” networks, shorthand for Long Term Evolution.
The Thunder handset carries similar specs.
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