Dell was expected to release an Android-powered smartphone sometime this year, and everybody was expecting it to hit the North American market, however, the company announced that the phone will be available only in China. The long-rumored and much-expected Dell Android smartphone is called Mini 3i, and it’s not as great as people would have liked it and frankly it doesn’t meet the demands of phone that would do well in the US.
The Dell Mini 3i features a 3.5″ 360 x 640 pixel capacitive touchscreen, 3-megapixel camera with LED flash, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, 950mAh battery, but lacks WiFi (or the Chinese WAPI), 3G and runs only on 2G GSM. Besides the Android OS and the large capacitive touchscreen, this phone doesn’t impress much.
The advantage of this device is that we don’t know it’s full specs, but we can tell you that a 950mAh battery will not be able to keep up with the demands of the 3.5-inch screen. Probably the reason why the battery is so small is that the smartphone will not run on 3G and WiFi which take a lot of battery life when used.
Other details are scarce, including the release date and pricing. The Dell Mini 3i should be released soon at a moderate price, but only in China.
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