Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dell Smartphone Finally Out but only sold China

Looking at the picture above of the Dell Mini 3i, it seems like another Chinese made iPhone. Sometimes i wonder why most of the new phones are developed looking like an iPhone. I m sure they can try harder to make it look anything but iPhone.

The Dell smartphone story has been around for a while now on the possibility of an iPhone-like model as far back as September last year and as recently as last week. However, the wait is over as its now made official by Dell that the new phone will be launched on in China for the first time.

As predicted it runs Open Mobile System (OMS), which is a version of Google Android developed by China Mobile to incorporate their own download services, which is displayed on a 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen. A 3 megapixel camera can be found by flipping the phone over, plus there’s a MicroSD card slot and Bluetooth too.

So far, it looks generic but it gets worse, as the Mini 3i is a 2G phone and lacks Wi-Fi just like any other phones made for the chinese market. My pick is the phone will likely be heading down the sink without trace, especially if the rumoured China Unicom/Apple iPhone deal does go ahead. I m not sure how it will compete with the locally made brands let alone the top phone manufacturers. Expected alot more from Dell.

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