Dell storms smartphone, tablet scene with 7 new devices

Dell has leaked seven new devices -- smartphones and tablets -- many of which are based on the Google Android platform. Here's a look.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer

I thought this week was going quiet down after the HTC DROID Incredible announcement, but then I just read about the seven new Dell devices over on Engadget.

The folks at Engadget were given details for one Windows Phone 7 smartphone, four Google Android smartphones, and two Android tablets that should be released from this summer to 2nd quarter of 2011.

I never thought Dell would jump into the smartphone game after all of the rumors over the years never produced a smartphone here in the US so I was quite surprised by the news of some pretty compelling devices.

Let's take a look at these possible new devices.

Dell Lightning: Windows Phone 7


Image courtesy of Engadget.com

I agree with the guys at Engadget and think this device looks like the best device of the bunch. This Windows Phone 7 device rocks a 4.1 inch WVGA OLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, both AT&T and T-Mobile 3G (not sure if there are two devices or if Dell solved the US GSM carrier issue with a single device), 1GB of flash, 5 megapixel camera, 8GB of storage on an internal microSD card, GPS, FM radio, and more. I like the form factor where the display slides up to reveal a QWERTY keyboard, similar to the way the Palm Pre Plus works. There is also word it may be upgradeable to LTE in 2011. Check out the post on Engadget for all the slides and details.

Dell Thunder: Google Android

The Dell Thunder looks similar to the Lightning, without the keyboard. It also has a 4.1 inch WVGA OLED display, Android 2.1, an integrated Hulu app, 8 megapixel camera, AT&T 3G support, availability in Q4 2010. There are some great images of the Thunder on Engadget.

Dell Smoke: Google Android

The Dell Smoke has a rather unique form factor for a Google Android smartphone with a Palm Pixi look of the front facing QWERTY keyboard. This device may be running Froyo (later version of Android) with a 2.8 inch QVGA display, 800MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 14.4Mbps HSPA, microSD slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, and more. According to Engadget you may have to wait until Q2 of 2011 to get your hands on this slim device.

Dell Flash: Google Android

Another Froyo-based Google Android device may be coming from Dell. This model sports a 3.5 inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, WiFi, TV-out, Bluetooth 3.0, and 800MHz Qualcomm processor. It may be coming to AT&T in Q1 of 2011. Visit Engadget for the slides and more details.

Dell Aero: Google Android

The Dell Aero is available now in China and we previously heard it would be coming to AT&T so it was no surprise really to see this one eventually coming out from Dell. This is a lower end device that may be running Android 1.x with an older 624MHz Marvell processor, 3.5 inch display, and 3 megapixel camera. Engadget has more details and images.

Dell Streak: Google Android tablet

The Dell Streak (aka Mini 5) is a tablet device with 5 inch WVGA (800x480) display, 5 megapixel camera on the back and VGA camera on the front, microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, and support for AT&T 3G. Check out the Engadget post for more details.

Dell Looking Glass: Google Android tablet

The Looking Glass is a bigger brother to the Dell Streak with a 7 inch WVGA (800x480) display, Tegra 2 processor, 1.3 megapixel camera, 4GB RAM, 4GB flash storage, and SDHC slot. According to Enngadget the Looking Glass should be out in November.

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