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Dell say Mini 3i is just “proof of concept”; no news but China Mobile collaboration

Dell say Mini 3i is just “proof of concept”; no news but China Mobile collaboration

Looks like Dell aren't quite ready to confess to launching the Mini 3i yet; the company has described the touchscreen smartphone as "a proof of concept", and dismissed any idea that they are confirming specifications or even names of upcoming devices.  In fact, according to company spokesperson Matt Parretta, "The only thing that we're confirming is that we're in product with China Mobile ... We were there as a development partner for the [Google Android-based] oPhone platform."

Dell Mini 3i smartphone launches in China

Dell Mini 3i smartphone launches in China

Dell China have brought their smartphone out to play, the first official showing of the much-leaked handset.  According to the launch reports, the Dell Mini 3i is based on the Chinese-designed Open Mobile System (OMS), an Android-based platform, and has less than impressive hardware: the Mini 3i is 2G GSM only, with no WiFi, and only a 3.2-megapixel camera (with LED flashlight) and Bluetooth to brighten things up.

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Dell Android MID/smartphone prototypes spotted?

Dell Android MID/smartphone prototypes spotted?

Like Sony's PSP phone rumors, talk of a new Dell smartphone refuses to die.  After the leaked image earlier this month, now the Wall Street Journal is tenuously suggesting that Dell have been experimenting with Android-based prototypes.  Two people who have seen the prototypes have described them as "slightly larger than Apple's iPod touch"; however another person has suggested both that Dell may begin shipping the device later in 2009 or "the plan could be delayed or scrapped entirely."