Dell is reportedly working on three different Google Android-powered smartphones as the PC manufacturer further expands into new markets, though price and release date information hasn’t been released.
The Dell Smoke smartphone is similar to the Samsung BlackJack or Palm Pixi devices, with a 2.8-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard, thin design, and microSD support up to 32GB. The Dell Smoke runs the Android 2.2 Froyo OS.
The Dell Flash is a slider phone with a design based off curved glass, has a 3.5-inch display, 3G, 512MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera, microSD card support up to 64GB, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi. The Dell Flash runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
The Dell Thunder is a bar-style phone that uses a 4.1-inch OLED display, 8-megapixel camera, and is said to include a mobile Hulu app built directly into the phone. It also has streaming radio, on-board video support, along with easy-to-use access to Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites.
The Smoke, Thunder and Flash smartphones prove that Dell is intent on working itself into the Android smartphone market in the future. Apple and Research In Motion will not surprisingly stay locked into their platforms, but there are numerous options available for other companies.
I have no problem using my RIM BlackBerry keyboard, but I’ve heard many phone owners request something besides a vertical keyboard. Aside from this physical design issue, I’m looking forward to hearing release information and pricing for each new phone.
Dell can benefit by using Android since app developers are drawn to the open platform – and software advances can be shared in the community. Dell has some experience promoting both smartphones and Android devices, as the company first showed off the Mini 3 Android smartphone a few months ago. Sadly, the Dell Mini 3 smartphone is available for consumers in Brazil and China only, but US customers now have these 3 new slick devices to look forward to.