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Dell Gets Official with Android-powered Phone

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Dell has finally confirmed plans to sell an Android-based smartphone in China and Brazil.

On Friday, Chief blogger at Dell Lionel Menchaca, put all the rumors to rest and confirmed Dell would be entering the smartphone business. As previously reported, the Dell Mini 3 will first enter the Chinese market with the help of partner China Mobile. In Brazil, Dell is teaming up with Claro.

Menchaca explained that the company's choice is based on previous telecommunications partnerships, referring to the company's choice to embed China Mobile’s technology into the Mini 10.

So, when the device finally does make it to the U.S. and across the pond to Europe, which provider will be offering the Mini 3? Menchaca goes on to hint that the company has agreements with lots of other providers like Vodafone in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Dell has also partnered with AT&T and Verizon to offer mobile broadband on different products.

Is this Dell's way of saying both AT&T and Verizon will offer the Mini 3? Guess we'll have to keep an eye on the Dell blog to find out.

Would you buy an Android-powered Dell-branded smartphone? Let us know in the comments below!

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    cknobman , November 16, 2009 4:04 PM
    If its like everything else dell produces is severely overpriced and underpowered and any upgrade path you take will cost you dearly.
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    dstigue , November 16, 2009 4:09 PM
    If you guys give it a good review I would!
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    fulle , November 16, 2009 4:15 PM
    holy fuck its ugly
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    jakemo136 , November 16, 2009 4:18 PM
    Shoulda called it the dPhone. That woulda been funny.
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    sudeshc , November 16, 2009 4:23 PM
    Dont know when we gona have a sneak-peak on that phone, but its true this will need many improvements and Dell surely knows how to charge there customers.
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    tester24 , November 16, 2009 4:33 PM
    Well depends on it's functionality but if Verizon had it I might switch from my WM phone... But then again it would have to be better than the HTC HD2.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , November 16, 2009 4:35 PM
    cknobmanIf its like everything else dell produces is severely overpriced and underpowered and any upgrade path you take will cost you dearly.

    I wonder if people said the same thing about the iPhone, because all of those criticisms also applied to Apple.
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    zak_mckraken , November 16, 2009 4:43 PM
    I like it! Plain and simple and with a big enough screen. Let's wait for it to come to North America and we'll see what the reviewers have to say.
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    scook9 , November 16, 2009 4:51 PM
    Dell is not that bad of a company at all

    When you buy bottom of the line crap, expect to get bottom of the line crap. With their higher end products the prices are reasonable and the support is excellent (for example, compared to Sager/Clevo for notebooks)
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    g-thor , November 16, 2009 4:55 PM
    When is a phone manufacturer going to go straight to the market with a phone, instead of tying it to a service provider? If someone builds a great phone (I'm not saying this is one - just in general) then let me choose my provider. Stop putting useless leashes on them that need to be hacked.

    Thanks for letting me rant.
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    g-thor , November 16, 2009 4:56 PM
    When is a phone manufacturer going to go straight to the market with a phone, instead of tying it to a service provider? If someone builds a great phone (I'm not saying this is one - just in general) then let me choose my provider. Stop putting useless leashes on them that need to be hacked.

    Thanks for letting me rant.
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    scook9 , November 16, 2009 5:42 PM
    g-thorWhen is a phone manufacturer going to go straight to the market with a phone, instead of tying it to a service provider? If someone builds a great phone (I'm not saying this is one - just in general) then let me choose my provider. Stop putting useless leashes on them that need to be hacked.Thanks for letting me rant.


    Although I like your thinking, this would also mean you have to buy the phone full price instead of heavily subsidized when you get a contract with it. I kind of liked paying only $50 after rebate for my Storm instead of the full $500
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    bk420 , November 16, 2009 5:48 PM
    I hope we get more android phones soon. Asia seems to get all the good toys...

    Contract/Phone plans suck.
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    tester24 , November 16, 2009 5:54 PM
    scook9Although I like your thinking, this would also mean you have to buy the phone full price instead of heavily subsidized when you get a contract with it. I kind of liked paying only $50 after rebate for my Storm instead of the full $500


    Well not necessarily. Say if you could get any phone on any manufacturer (they could release it at a later date for their testing software crap) then each company can decide how much to sell or rebate the phone with a contract.
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    tester24 , November 16, 2009 5:58 PM
    crap i meant any network
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    mrddr6 , November 16, 2009 6:17 PM
    Dell+Google=Me want it
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    wildwell , November 16, 2009 6:49 PM
    Yeah, I would consider it. But giving it to the Chinese before Europe seems like a HUGE business mistake!
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    wira020 , November 17, 2009 1:36 AM
    In my country, the majority of phones are sold at full price... sometime we have discounts depending on the phone shop... i like that system more where i wont be tied to a contract... since new phones comes into the market at a fast rate.. it give me freedom to switch phones and older phones can be traded at around half the buying prices... it also means i'm not tied to a single sevice provider...