Dell's Android phone unmasked
The rumours were true...
The first phone developed by Dell has finally been revealed, thanks to the PC manufacturer’s tie-up with a Chinese network operator.
Dell's Mini3i Android phone has launched in China
The handset – blurred images of which were first leaked last week – is called the Mini 3i. The device was demoed, according to reports, running Goole’s Android OS. It has been rumoured for several months that Dell is working on an Android-based smartphone.
While the Mini 3i is based around a 3.5in, 360 x 640 touchscreen, the phone is a rather poor show on the networking side of things because it can’t handle Wi-Fi or 3G connections - confirmed at the launch. Bluetooth support is integrated into the phone, however.
the phone lacks support for Wi-Fi and 3G
The phone features a 3Mp camera in its rear and data can be saved onto Micro SD memory cards.
Dell’s Mini 3i was demoed alongside smartphones from several other manufacturers – including HTC – at the launch of China Mobile’s online content platform for mobile phones, which provides local subscribers with access to music, games and entertainment.
A UK launch hasn't been mentioned
It isn’t yet known when the Mini 3i will be available to buy in China, or if Blighty will ever be graced by the PC manufacturer’s handset. ®
Just buy an iPaq from the '90s
... at least they had WiFi.
That said, China is a different market and GPRS is adequate for a bit of email of casual browsing.
i dont get it
no 3G and no wi fi either, just what are you meant to do with it other than text or call people? so why bother giving it a smart phone os and a big screen?
1 system V kinda operating system? check
2 shiny? check
3 name with an "i" in it? check
No Wi-fi or 3G
Do Dell know what year it is?
Lack of 3G
Could be down to China. They're a bit picky about these things and have only recently started allowing 3G I think. Depends how long Dell's had this one under wraps.
I doubt many in China will be bothered as how many can get 3G anyway?