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AT&T Dell Aero revealed

AT&T Dell Aero revealed

Dell's first Android smartphone in the US has been officially confirmed for AT&T, in the shape of the AT&T Dell Aero.  Details about the smartphone are in short supply, with AT&T promising more information at this week's CTIA Wireless 2010 event, but the handset is obviously a reworking of Dell's existing Mini 3i.  That presumably means a 3.5-inch 640 x 360 touchscreen and 3G connectivity.

However, AT&T have confirmed that they - along with Dell - have worked to reskin the Aero's UI, replacing the standard Android interface.  So far we don't know the extent of that customization, since Dell have only released a single image of the Aero, nor when we might be able to pick one up.

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AT&T confirm five Android phones in 1H2010 from Dell, HTC and Motorola UPDATE: Two webOS phones too!

AT&T confirm five Android phones in 1H2010 from Dell, HTC and Motorola UPDATE: Two webOS phones too!

So far AT&T have been pretty cagey when it comes to Android on their network, but it looks like 2010 is the year when it all kicks off.  The carrier has just announced that it will be pushing out five Android-based handsets in the first half of this year, complete with models from HTC, Motorola and Dell.  SlashGear is at AT&T's CES 2010 press conference this morning, and will be bringing you all the details as they arrive.

Update: AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega just confirmed that the carrier will offer two Palm webOS device in the first half of 2010 too.

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Dell Mini 10 netbook mod creates huge Mini 3i Android phone [Video]

Dell Mini 10 netbook mod creates huge Mini 3i Android phone [Video]

It looks like Dell's Mini 3i smartphone is prompting just as much interest in Android over in China as it does in the US and Europe, as one modder has created their own huge version of the touchscreen handset.  According to Shanzai, the project started off as a Dell Mini 10 netbook - which means this replica Mini 3i has a 10-inch display - which was then reshaped into the smartphone form-factor.  You can see a timelapse video of the conversion after the cut.

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Dell Android MID tipped for CES 2010 launch

Dell Android MID tipped for CES 2010 launch

Only this morning we were pondering why Apple gets all the decent tablet rumors, and now Dell have stepped - or been pushed - into the fray.  According to Pocket-lint, their unnamed sources have spilled the beans on an incoming Dell Android tablet, bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a regular netbook, arriving at CES 2010 in January.  To us, it sounds a whole lot like the Dell Streak we spotted back in October.

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Dell Mini 3i hits China Mobile later this month; specs confirmed

Dell Mini 3i hits China Mobile later this month; specs confirmed

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.

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Dell Mini 3i gets unboxed

Dell Mini 3i gets unboxed

Dell's Mini 3i may only have been official for a few hours, but already the first unboxing is upon us.  PConline have taken the glossy Android smartphone from box to bench, and there are a few surprises to be had; firstly, Dell have ignored the swathe of popular opinion and not bothered including a 3.5mm headphones jack, and secondly they'd dropped a stylus into the box.

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Dell Mini 3i Android phone imminent for China; Brazil by end of 2009 [Updated]

Dell Mini 3i Android phone imminent for China; Brazil by end of 2009 [Updated]

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.

Update 2: And now the official press release is out; still no hard specifications.

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Dell Mini 3i Android phone confirmed for US launch?

Dell Mini 3i Android phone confirmed for US launch?

Dell swore blind that their first Android device - the Dell Mini 3i - was a China-only device that was more proof-of-concept than anything else, but according to CrunchGear they've been telling us porkies.  Their source has apparently confirmed that Dell are working on a US version of the Mini 3i, with boosted hardware, a better quality casing and more megapixels than the China Mobile version's 3MP shooter.

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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."

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