Dell Gets Serious With Smartphones: Lightning, Smoke, Thunder And More

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Dell sure has come a long way. A company that used to make ends meet byselling customizable beige boxes has evolved significantly, now sellingsome of the world's best gaming notebooks and desktops courtesy of anAlienware acquisition, and also branching out into new markets as thedemand for mobile devices rises sharply. The company made some inroadsinto the corporate market with their Axim PDA line back in the 90s, andnow that PDAs have fallen to the wayside while smartphones, MIDs andUMPCs have gained traction, Dell is going with the flow.

The company already announced that they were getting into both theTablet PC and smartphone markets. The so-called "Streak" 5" tablet willlikely be out later this year, while the Dell Aero will be the world'sthinnest Android phone when it ships on AT&T in a few months. Buthaving just one phone and one tablet doesn't seem reasonable for acompany with as many notebook and desktop options as Dell, does it?Clearly not, as we now know that a whole slew of new phones arecurrently being developed and designed within Dell's R&D labs.

A spate of leaks over at Engadget have revealed Dell's 2010/2011 phoneplans, with a few standouts really making it difficult to jump on anyof the otherwise excellent options available today. The Dell Lightningis probably the wildest of the bunch, sporting a 4.1" WVGA display(OLED), Windows Phone 7, support for AT&T/T-Mobile 3G, a MicroSDcard slot, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera, GPS, a compass, and aQ4 2010 release date. If a Microsoft-based OS isn't you bag, there area few Android options unearthed as well. The Thunder has a 4.1" OLEDdisplay, Android, integrated Hulu app, support for Flash playback andeven the possibility of LTE support.

Then there's the Dell Smoke, which will run Android 2.2 and features a2.8" QVGA display, a QWERTY keyboard, 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 5MPcamera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and HSPA 3G support. Following that, theDell Flash will run the same OS in one of the more stylish form factorsthat we've seen. It will reportedly boast a "curved glass" chassis, 3Gsupport, Wi-Fi, TV-out support, Bluetooth 3.0 and an 800MHz chip. Onthe Tablet side, there's the Looking Glass, which will boast Android2.1 and will use NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset.

There's obviously no pricing or release date information available yet,but it's looking like most of these will be out late this year or early2011. Suffice it to say, Dell is looking to become a huge player in thesmartphone space, ready to compete with HTC, Apple, Samsung and loadsof others. It's turning out to be quite the months for smartphone news,huh?
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It is interesting that even Dell is getting into the Phone game! They must all realize that a completely connected home and business system is what people want. If these can sync with the home PC and the Streaker, then it will be interesting to see how the other follow suit.

personally I am still putting my money on the EVO :P

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