Dell’s smartphone plans
Last year, I had blogged about Dell’s first attempt to venture into the smartphone space. The Dell O-Phone as it was then called, (possibly on the lines of the venerated iPhone) did not create any much flutter. I had seen a Chinese white box clone of the O-Phone and that is all I remember of the Dell attempt. So there was nothing to write home about of the Dell O-Phone.
An year later Dell announced another 3 Android based smartphones with impressive names: Smoke, Flash and Thunder.
The Smoke is a QWERTY candybar with a enterprise-business focus. It has a slim 12mm profile and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and has 2.8-inch QVGA display, 800MHz CPU, 5MP camera, 14.4Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD card slot up to 32GB and dual-mic noise cancelling. The feature list is quite sizzling for its purpose. Smoke is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2011.
Flash, is the Touch phone from Dell running the Android 2.2 Froyo with a slim design and full touchscreen. Flash is touted to be carved out of a ‘curved glass’ and features 800MHz Qualcomm CPU, 3.5-inch WVGA LCD, Stage UI, 14.4Mbps HSPA and 5.6Mbps HSUPA, 5MP camera with autofocus/smile/blink detection, Wi-Fi, TV-out, 512MB RAM and ROM, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5 audio jack and microSD card slot. Expect this phone to come out sometime in first quarter of next year.
The other touch phone rumored from Dell, Thunder features a 4.1-inch WVGA OLED screen, Android 2.1, Stage UI, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, social networking friendliness, Flash 10.1 support, integrated Hulu app and 8MP camera. An LTE version of the Thunder is also expected in 2011.
Interesting line up of smartphones from Dell but none being made available before early next year. With its initial device foray that did not cut any much ice, and these three devices that are slated for next year Dell’s smartphone efforts do not sound so convincing anymore.