Dell officially enters smartphone market with Mini 3 launch

“Dell today formally entered the smartphone race by launching the Mini 3,” Electronista reports.

“The full-touchscreen phone depends on a customized version of Android and will have different features based on the region. While most details aren’t available, the China Mobile version will be limited to EDGE data but use the government-supported OPhone interface and app store. Other countries should get localized 3G and should also have Wi-Fi as well,” Electronista reports. “Most other specifications haven’t been published, but a 3-megapixel camera and a 640×360 display resolution are already well-known.”

Electronista reports, “The Mini 3’s first shipments are to China Mobile later this month and to Brazil’s Claro by the end of the year, but Dell has already confirmed US deals for AT&T and Verizon for early next year as well as Vodafone agreements for Australia, Europe and New Zealand, Maxis in Malaysia and both M1 as well as StarHub in Singapore.”

More details and images in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yet another Android device with yet another screen size and yet another feature set for developers to deal with. From Dell. Yawn.

44 Comments

  1. This turning into another race-to-the-bottom (like NetBooks) where cheap components, plastics, apps, etc will focus on lower price rather than higher quality? Talk about another nail in the Pre and WinCE coffins, and harder for RIM to differentiate.

    In 2-3 years we’ll see this replicated in the Slate market with dozens of wannabe’s chasing whatever Apple has released at the high-end and the Kindle/Nook/Alex trying desperately to differentiate themselves from the masses of Google Android tablets.

  2. @tzx4 “Yup Mr. Reeee. Deja vu alll over again. This is starting to feel like the long parade of “iPod Killers”

    You all are sooo right! Soon we’ll see stories about “Blood on the iPhone Screen” as these things are Discontinued…Can you say DELL DJ?

  3. Has Apple somehow managed to sneak stupid pills into all their competitor’s water? First the iPod, and now the iPhone, have shown that the other electronics companies have no idea how to compete with Apple’s brand of innovation. There’s never even the slightest attempt to leapfrog Apple to the next big thing, the only strategy that could actually work. Instead, we get this scattershot of half-assed ripoffs, while the iPhone slowly marches on to it’s inevitable spot at the top of the market share ranking.

    ——RM

  4. This is so great! It greatly helps with the balkanisation of the leftover smartphone market (whatever market share remains after iPhone). The more different touch-screen smartphones are there out there, the less likely any of them will be standing out of the crowd. It was easy for G1 to be a viable challenger to the iPhone — it was alone in that place. Today, with Storm, G1, MyTouch, Pre, Pixi, Hero, Droid, now this, neither of them will mean anything to consumers. It all becomes just white noise, while iPhone remains king of the hill.

    Nice job, Dell! Good luck with your little device. Hopefully, will live longer than Ditty…

  5. It’s the intense fight for the leftover scraps, after Apple defines the device.

    Go to marketing meetings, what do you see? iPhones. Arts board meetings: iPhones. Political leaders: iPhones. Doctors: iPhones. Video and music producers: iPhones. College interns: iPhones. Etc.

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