Desktop PC and netbook maker Dell have taken the leap into the smartphone game in a big way, with no less than 5 new handsets recently being uncovered by Engadget.
The handsets lean heavily towards Android, with four of them powered by Google’s mobile operating system whilst the fifth – and arguably most exciting – will be arriving in a fine Windows Phone 7 sheen.
First up to bat is the Dell Thunder, an epic Android smartphone with a 4.1-inch touchscreen and an 8 megapixel camera leading the way in terms of hardware. A Dell-built custom interface apparently going by the name of ‘Stage’ is overlaid on the latest version of Android platform, making for a fully customisable experience.
With support for the latest version of Adobe’s Flash 10 and multi-touch for top notch browsing, the Dell Thunder is tentatively pencilled in for the fourth quarter of 2010.
Next up is the Dell Flash, a handset that fashionistas will flock to on looks alone. Running on the new 2.2 ‘Froyo’ version of Android, the Flash’s 3.5″ display is beautifully framed in white with metallic accents, and rumoured to be made from curved glass. Fancy…
The Flash is a strong Android device as multimedia goes, packing a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 3.5mm audio jack, TV-out, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi. The Flash also has Flash support, meaning those video and animation-heavy sites which the iPhone has spurned will run happily on the device.
Unfortunately we will have to wait until Q1 2011 for this funky piece of futuristic hardware, but will be welcome when it arrives!
The third phone to drip out of Dell’s leaky faucet is the Aero, a far more sedate entry to their smartphone lineup but no less interesting. With a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, a slender candybar form factor and a simplistic icon driven interface reminiscent of the iPhone, the Dell Aero is a no-nonsense handset which could move some units in the mid-range sector.
Earmarked for between the third and fourth quarters of 2010, the Dell Aero may not be rocking our world just yet, but it may still be one to watch…
The final Android powered handset is the Dell Smoke, a candybar handset which manages to smuggle a tiny keyboard onto its slender frame, just beneath a 2.8-inch touch display.
The most business-like of the phones on early display, the Smoke boasts Froyo as well as a 5-megapixel camera and all manner of messaging support, including Microsoft Exchange and ActiveSync. The Smoke also handles the web with ease, showing the whole internet with HTML and Flash 10 support.
With 6 hours of talktime and and impressive 576 hours of standby, expect to see the Dell Smoke grace more than a few office desks in Q2 of Space Year 2011.
Last and most definitely not least is the Dell Lightning, a true glimpse at what Windows Phone 7 handsets will be bringing to the smartphone table. A stylish slider handset boasting a mammoth 4.1-inch OLED screen and a super fast processor, the Lightning also stuffs in a 5 megapixel camera, as well as support for DivX video playback as well as the web with Adobe Flash.
Windows Phone 7 trappings will include search powered by Bing, multi-touch pinching to zoom and integration of Zune Marketplace and Xbox Live, delivering a fully fledged music player as well as gaming to the mobile.
This quintet of gorgeous Dell phones seem like a confident first stride into a very competitive market, currently populated by impressive offerings from very established players. Whether Dell can recreate their home computer success in the battle for our pockets remains to be seen, but these five are certain to shake things up!