Dell confirms first Android-based smartphone
Launch announced, specs not
Dell has officially announced its first branded smartphone – the Mini 3i.
Dell's Mini 3i will appear in China later this month
The PC manufacturer hasn’t released a list of the phone’s technical specifications - perhaps an indication that Dell executives have yet to sign off on the Mini 3i’s features.
However, the firm has confirmed that the Mini 3i is based on the oPhone platform - a China Mobile developed smartphone platform based on version 1.5 of Android, the latter meaning that developers can use both the oPhone’s API and Android’s API to write oPhone applications.
Mini 3i was fondled - albeit in concept form, at least according to Dell – at a China Mobile event back in August, at which point it emerged that the smartphone had a 3.5in screen, 3Mp camera and 2.5G connectivity support.
Mini USB features, we at least know
Dell has, so far, only said that its smartphone will be launched into China this month through carrier China Mobile. Brazil will be second on the list in December, Dell added.
Plans to pitch the Mini 3i into Europe haven’t been confirmed, but Dell already has “existing agreements” with the likes of Vodafone in Europe – so we’d wager that a UK Mini 3i launch isn’t totally out of the question. ®
No data is safe...
At the end of the day, the only way you can guaruntee the safety and security of your conversation is to speak to someone in person or place a letter into their hands yourself...
I can't believe some think that only the Chinese are untrustworthy.. BAe are as unscrupulous as the rest of them. Use any brand mobile and you are sharing all your info and conversations.
24hrs to hack whatever protection they use. 2 days to build and test a vanilla Android image. Then its bye bye untrusted Chinese software, hello untrusted hacker mods ;)
2.5G????? Why even Apple had made the 21st Century at last. That can't seriously market a data savvy phone without 3G?
Pre-loaded with Dell...
Anyone know if this will be preloaded with AOL Online?