Leaked: Dell Thunder, Smoke, Flash and Looking Glass with Android
While the Dell Lightning runs Windows Phone 7, there are four other upcoming Dell devices that all run Android: Dell Thunder, Dell Flash, Dell Smoke and Dell Looking Glass (these are codenames, so their final names might be different).
The Dell Thunder features Android 2.1 with Dell’s Stage UI, a 4.1 inch WVGA OLED touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, social networking integration (Facebook, Twitter), Swype, Flash 10.1 support, preinstalled Hulu app for web videos, 8MP camera, and AT&T-friendly 3G.
The Thunder should be available in Q4 2010, with an LTE version planned for late 2011.
This is what the Dell Thunder looks like:
Next we have the Dell Flash, which will be launched both on AT&T and around the world in the first quarter of 2011.
The Dell Flash will run Android 2.2 (Froyo), coming with a 3.5 inch WVGA touchscreen display, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm headset jack, TV out, 5MP autofocus camera, 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, and MicroSD card support (up to 64GB, apparently).
The third new Android smartphone from Dell is the Dell Smoke, a handset with a full QWERTY keyboard (a la Palm Pixi) and Android 2.2 on board.
The Smoke should be out in the second half of 2011, featuring a QVGA (or maybe WQVGA) touchscreen display, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 5MP camera, 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, and MicroSD card support (up to 32GB).
Finally, we have the so-called Dell Looking Glass, an Android 2.1 tablet:
The Dell Looking Glass features a Tegra 2 processor, 7 inch WVGA touchscreen display, 4GB of RAM, 4GB of Flash storage, MicroSD card support, AT&T U-verse browser, and a 1.3MP camera. Reportedly, the Dell Looking Glass will be released in November, coming with an optional TV tuner module for ATSC or DVB-T programming.
Speaking of tablets, it looks like the Dell Streak / Mini 5 will be upgraded to Android 2.1 sometime in the summer.
All in all, Dell’s new mobile devices are impressive, and if they function as well as they look, they’ll probably be quite successful.