updated 10:25 pm EDT, Wed April 21, 2010
Devices labeled Lightning, Thunder, Smoke
Details of several upcoming Dell handsets have emerged, including Android and Windows Phone 7 offerings. Each device name keeps to a weather theme, with labels ranging from Lightning to Flash and Thunder, according to leaked documents posted on Engadget. The Lightning handset is a Windows Phone 7 portrait slider featuring a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and 4.1-inch OLED display.
The Lightning's WVGA display should be comparable to the Nexus One or Motorola Droid. The device offers a full range of high-end smartphone features including a five-megapixel autofocusing camera, 1GB of flash with 512MB of RAM, GPS, accelerometer, and an electronic compass. The device is also said to provide an FM radio and support for Flash media. Most notably, the leaked slides suggest the device is set for an upgrade to LTE in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Thunder appears to represent Dell's upcoming Android flagship, integrating a 4.1-inch OLED display similar to that of the Lightning. Android 2.1 is paired with Dell's own "Stage" UI, which offers a different scheme than the company's Streak or Aero interfaces. The device is also claimed to support Flash 10.1, while promising an integrated Hulu app and LTE in Q4 of this year.
The company's Flash smartphone is based on Android Froyo, with an extremely compact form said to be fashioned out of a piece of "curved glass." A 3.5-inch WVGA LCD is built into the 11mm-thick housing, which also contains an 800MHz Qualcomm CPU. A microSD slot, Wi-Fi, TV-out, and 14.4Mbps HSPA round out the leaked specs.
The Smoke handset, which features a 12mm-thick Pixi-like form, will also run Android Froyo from an 800MHz CPU. The device utilizes a smaller 2.8-inch QVGA display, compact QWERTY keyboard, five-megapixel autofocus camera, 14.4Mbps HSPA, and dual-mic noise canceling technology.
The leak suggests the Lightning will be on the way to AT&T and T-Mobile sometime in Q4, while the Thunder will be offered around the same time on AT&T. The Flash is set for a Q1 2011 release for domestic and international GSM carriers. Customers will have to wait until Q2 2011 for the Smoke. Pricing information for the various devices has yet to surface.