Dell Gets Official with Android-powered Phone

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!

  • cknobman
    If its like everything else dell produces is severely overpriced and underpowered and any upgrade path you take will cost you dearly.
  • dstigue
    If you guys give it a good review I would!
  • fulle
    holy fuck its ugly
  • jakemo136
    Shoulda called it the dPhone. That woulda been funny.
  • sudeshc
    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.
  • tester24
    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.
  • WheelsOfConfusion
    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.
  • zak_mckraken
    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.
  • scook9
    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)
  • g-thor
    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.