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Dell preps bevy of Android devices

Apr 22, 2010 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Dell is planning to release a bevy of ARM-based mobile devices, according to what Engadget says are leaked company documents. The devices include four Android-based phones, two Android tablets, and the company's first Windows Phone 7 device, the website says.

The Dell Aero — previously tipped for release by AT&T — will appear during the second quarter of this year, according to Engadget. The phone runs Android 2.1 ("Eclair") on a 624MHz processor, has a 3.5-inch capacitive multitouch screen (640 x 360 pixels), includes QuickOffice plus Microsoft ActiveSync and Exchange support, and will ship with a capacitive stylus that enables handwriting recognition, the publication says. It's said the device will support Adobe's Flash Lite and include a five megapixel camera with flash and autofocus.


Dell's Aero
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Another "Eclair" phone, supposedly set for release during the four quarter, is the "Thunder," which will offer a 4.1-inch WVGA OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen and Dell's customized "Stage" user interface, according to Engadget. Possibly featuring a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, the device will have an eight megapixel camera and a variety of social networking features, says the website.


Dell's Thunder
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Reportedly scheduled for the first quarter of 2011 is the Dell "Flash," which will run Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), according to Engadget. In a dramatic case fashioned out of a slice of "curved glass," the device will have a 3.5-inch WVGA screen, an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, a five megapixel camera, TV output, 512MB of RAM, and 14.4Mbps data downloads, the website says.


Dell's Flash
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Scheduled for the second quarter of the same year is the Dell "Smoke," which will also run Froyo on a MSM7230 processor, Engadget says. The phone will feature an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, a five megapixel camera, a 2.8-inch QVGA display, and a portrait-style QWERTY keyboard ala BlackBerry, the website says.


Dell's Smoke
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Also detailed by Engadget is the five-inch, Android-based tablet that first broke cover last year as the Streak but has also been known as the Mini 5. To debut this summer with Android 1.6 ("Donut") version and later get an upgrade to Eclair, the tablet will feature telephony, dual cameras, 512MB of RAM and 2GB of flash storage, and a 1GHz Qualcom Snapdragon QSD8250, the website says.


Dell's Streak (Mini 5)
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According to Engadget, November will see the release of a larger tablet that includes a seven-inch screen and runs Android 2.1 on an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Purchasers of Dell's "Looking Glass" will be able to see ATSC or DVB-T programming on the 800 x 480 display via an optional TV tuner, there's a 1.4 megapixel camera, and 4GB of flash storage is cited. (The spec list reproduced by Engadget claims the Looking Glass will feature 4GB of DDR2 RAM too, though we think this is unlikely.)


Dell's Looking Glass
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Finally, Engadget says, the fourth quarter of this year will bring "Lightning," a Windows Phone 7 device that includes a 4.1-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard with portrait orientation, and a five-megapixel camera. It's said the Lightning will have a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 CPU, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of flash (supplemented by a microSD slot), a five megapixel camera, an FM receiver, and compatibility with AT&T and T-Mobile networks.


Dell's Lightning
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Further information

Engadget's documents on the seven new Dell devices, with additional images, may be found on the publication's website, here.


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