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Dell unveils Chinese smartphone

by Scott Bicheno on 17 August 2009, 11:33

Tags: Dell (NASDAQ:DELL)

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Full of eastern promise

Dell has finally taken the wraps off its first smartphone offering, but it appears to be targeting only the huge Chinese mobile market, for now.

Chinese language site 163.com took a few photos of the Mini 3i at a China Mobile event. Details are sketchy, especially considering the limitations of Google Translate, but it appears to be a 2G device running a variant of Android developed by China Mobile called OMS (open mobile system).

The Dell Mini 3i has a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen and no physical keyboard, a 3.2MP camera, mini USB port and a mini SD slot. It was unveiled at a launch event for China Mobile's new Mobile Market online application platform, so all indications so far are that the handset will be limited to China.

Here are some photos taken by 163.com:

 

 

 



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Looks tacky & the specs disappointing, it will get eaten alive by HTC if it comes near the western market.

God bless capitalism! :D
Andehh
Looks tacky & the specs disappointing, it will get eaten alive by HTC if it comes near the western market.

God bless capitalism! :D

I don't think so. With a 3.5" 360*640 capacative touchscreen, it's got a screen about as big as an iPhone's but with a higher resolution, so I guess that's the market they'd be shooting for if they were to release that exact product over here. HTC aren't that big a player to non-geek circles, are they? I could see Dell, with their big brand name, doing a lot of damage to them with an westernised version of this.
blackbirds
I don't think so. With a 3.5" 360*640 capacative touchscreen, it's got a screen about as big as an iPhone's but with a higher resolution, so I guess that's the market they'd be shooting for if they were to release that exact product over here. HTC aren't that big a player to non-geek circles, are they? I could see Dell, with their big brand name, doing a lot of damage to them with an westernised version of this.
HTC as a brand, you are probably right, although they are getting bigger with every hardware refresh. However they do make the majority of Windows Mobile devices, and I would expect there to be a big push once WinMob 6.5 is available, after all, it does have an app store too.

All the O2, Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, etc. Windows Mobile devices are made by HTC unless otherwise stated (HTC don't put brnading on carrier devices, other manufacturers do).