It wasn’t so much a leak as a hole that information rushed through, but yesterday a plethora of information was leaked to Engadget that details Dell’s new line of cell phones, and the company’s plans for a new tablet. The leaks are so detailed that it might not be a leak at all- but rather an early PR release, hidden under the auspices of a leak, to keep Dell’s name in the front of the smartphone and tablet market without appearing desperate by releasing information on products that are over a year or more away. But regardless of why we have the information, it looks like Dell is making a push to be a major player in both the smartphone market, as well as the tablet computer market.
The four leaked products are as follows:
A slim and sleek new smartphone that will run Android Froyo. It features a 2.8-inch display, a QWERTY keyboard and Qualcomm’s next-gen MSM 7230 800MHz processor. It also features a 5-megapixel camera, microSD expansion slots, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It launches in the second quarter of 2011.
An Android phone that features a 4.1-inch OLED screen. The emphasis for the Thunder seems to be the apps, both for social networking and video streaming – a Hulu app is included with the phone which also indicates full Flash support. The unit also features an 8-megapixel camera, but no processor details were revealed. This is an AT&T exclusive, and should ship out in late 2011.
The big daddy of the upcoming Dell smartphones. The Lightning portrait slider phone is being dubbed as the ultimate Windows 7 phone. It features a 4.1-inch display backed by a 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon processor. It also offersa 5-megapixel camera, FM radio, AT&T and T-Mobile 3G and full Flash support – so likely you can expect to see a Hulu app on this phone as well. It also looks like the phone might get upgraded to an LTE network before release. No official launch date, but late next year seems likely.
Looking Glass Tablet
The big brother of the Mini5, and part of the “Streak family” that was leaked last week. The 7-inch tablet will run an Android 2.1 OS and feature a Tegra 2 processor. Leaked details also show 4GB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage, an SDHC for up to 32GBs of expansion, and a 1.3 megapixel camera. It is due in October.