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.
Now before you raise your arms and scream blue murder about resistive touchscreens, relax: the Mini 3i does indeed use a 3.5-inch capacitive panel. Dell’s stylus is a special one, intended for capacitive displays – similar to the Pogo stylus for iPhone – and handy for those wanting to input Chinese characters.
There’s also a miniUSB to 3.5mm headphones adapter socket, though Dell also include a handsfree kit of their own. We’ll have to wait for the first reviews to come in before we find out whether the whole thing works out, but the Mini 3i has been a long time coming and we imagine Dell have put a lot of thought into making a splash into the smartphone market.