Not one, but two prototypes of Dell’s upcoming Android smartphone, the Thunder, are in the wild and have undergone an extensive photo and video session.
These are labeled “Engineering Verification Test”, which means they’re from pretty early in the development cycle, so do keep in mind that minor details can change before the Thunder’s official release.
Here are some specs of the Thunder that have been cleared up by playing with these prototypes:
- 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 8 MP autofocus camera with single LED flash
- 802.11n WiFi
- 3.5mm headset jack
- 1400 mAh battery
- three-axis magnetometer and three-axis accelerometer
The touchscreens seemed to be plain old TFT, and not OLED, as previously rumored. So they may be completely different in final versions of the hardware. The screen resolution for one of the prototypes was the now-standard-for-high-end-Android 800×480, while the other one was apparently showing something like 1280×768. Which means that the final resolution is anyone’s guess at this point. However, previous rumors went with 800×480, so that may be it. Also according info from a week ago, the screen size is 4.1 inches diagonally and the Thunder will do 720p HD video recording.
Also of note is that one of the protos was running Android 2.1 and the other Android 1.6, but none had any Dell-specific custom UI. Which is bound to change by the time the Thunder hits the streets, as may the Android version it will run.
Based on the prototypes’ bootloaders and debug code, some educated guesses can be made with regard to the specs that aren’t quite clear in this stage of development. Thus, the Thunder may have an FM radio, dual microphones, HDMI out and a hardware dock connector. There also may be 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM in there.
As for the operating frequencies that the Thunder supports, there’s quad-band GSM, but then also support for all GSM 3G bands known to man. Which may either make this the third ever device with pentaband HSDPA (after the iPhone 4 and Nokia N8), or it may mean at least two different hardware versions will be available. And I say ‘at least’ two since there was also a CDMA test suite present on the prototypes, which may mean yet another version of it may be headed to Verizon and/or Sprint.
And here’s a hands-on video:
Pretty interesting stuff. Let’s hope Dell make this official as soon as possible.
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