Dell may have come clean regarding their Mini 3i Android-powered smartphone earlier this month, but hard specifications for the touchscreen handset were tougher to come by. Happily a China Mobile press release has filled in some of the technical blanks, confirming that the Dell Mini 3i headed to their shores later this month has a 3.5-inch 640 x 360 16:9 display and measures 58.35 x 122 x 11.7 mm.
Dell has come clean with its Android smartphone plans, revealing it will be launching the Dell Mini 3i in China "in the coming days" while a Brazilian release will take place before the end of 2009. According to Dell Latin America's Hans Erickson, China and Brazil have been prioritized above all other regions; he also revealed that the Chinese version of the Mini 3i - set to launch on China Mobile - will lack 3G, while the Mini 3i headed to Brazilian carrier Claro will get the high-speed connectivity.
Update: Dell’s official blog has confirmed the news, together with dropping strong hints that the company will be leveraging existing carrier relationships for embedded mobile broadband netbooks for future Mini 3i releases. Vodafone in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and AT&T and Verizon in North America, are both name-checked. More photos of the Dell Mini 3i after the cut.
Mobile phone makers like Apple and many others are falling over themselves trying to get in the Chinese mobile phone market. The China market is booming and the country has more mobile subscribers than some countries have population. Nokia has announced a new mobile phone called the 6788 that is designed specifically for the China Mobile network.
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."
It looks like Dell's smartphone has managed to peak its little head out again, and this time the images may be a bit blurry, we at least see a lot more details this time around. The guys over at Boy Genius Report managed to get a sneak peak at the device, and it's shaping up to be quite an interesting toy, especially for Android enthusiasts. The phone itself is code-named Benzine, and it's supposedly ready to launch.
It looks like the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is getting a whole new audience. The device was just announced for the Chinese market yesterday and will be available on China Mobile, providing users the ability to take advantage of 3G data access.