Android Firsts: Dell's Mini 3 on AT&T
AT&T jumps on the Android bandwagon with the news that it will be the exclusive carrier of Dell's first U.S. smartphone, the Mini 3. After a year of speculation, we finally get some official details on "Dell-droid." Dell yesterday announced it has chosen AT&T as its exclusive U.S. carrier for its upcoming lineup of Android-based smartphones, known as the Mini 3. Dell has already chosen China Mobile, Vodafone and Claro Brazil as partners outside the U.S. But Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) still has not given out much information on the Mini 3, other than saying that it is an Android phone designed around power efficiency and platform customization. A spokesperson for the company said that with carriers falling into place, it would eventually start to disclose more information on the hardware. "Smart phones are an extension of Dell's strategy to develop intelligent and more mobile products that meet the needs of operators and customers," said Ron Garriques, president of Dell Communication Solutions in a statement. "The Mini 3 is a result of listening to customers and creating products that allow people to do the things they want, whenever and wherever they want to do them."
Details about Dell's Mini 3 line will be announced closer to device availability, expected during the first half of 2010. Currently, it has one phone on the market in China, the Mini 3i. It's a slim phone, similar in design to many smartphones, with a 3.5-inch, 640x360 display, Bluetooth, GPS, a 3-megapixel camera and a MicroSD memory card slot.
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