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Dell To Unveil Red Mini 3i Android Smartphone In China

Dell will finally unveiled its unofficial successor to its Axim PDA in the form of an Android-based smartphone called the Mini 3i at an event held by China Mobile.

There have been a number of rumours about this phone, with the latest last Friday, but it is clear that the phone will be sold exclusively in China through China Mobile.

Also, the device, which runs on an Android-based solution called Open Mobile system, doesn't come with either Wi-Fi or 3G relying instead on good ol' EDGE due to restrictive Chinese regulations.

Pictures obtained from show that it has rather rounded edges, looks a tad thick and Dell chose to slap a big logo at the back with a shiny silvery red pinkish finish.

The Mini 3i is pretty well endowed with a huge 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, which is as large as the iPhone, but offers a significantly higher screen resolution at 360x640 pixels.

There's also a 3-megapixel camera with a LED flash, a microSD memory card reader, Bluetooth, a mini USB port, a 950mAH battery; no release dates have been communicated as to when it will be released in UK (or the rest of the world) and at what price.

Our Comments

It is very likely that a RoW version of the Dell Mini 3i will come with 3G and WiFi. Chances are that those two features were actually disabled rather than totally removed from the smartphone. Let's see whether Dell brings the phone and its variants, in the UK through networks or on a SIM-free basis.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.