Dell unveils cell phone, but not in the U.S.


— 9:22 AM on August 17, 2009

That Dell phone we've been hearing about these past few months is real, and Dell showed it for the first time today... in China. In fact, Dow Jones reports that Dell has announced a cooperation with China Mobile involving the handset.

As part of this cooperation, Dell's freshly unveiled handset, the mini3i, will support a new online platform from China Mobile. Also announced today, the Chinese carrier's platform offers "music, games, videos and other entertainment applications for download to mobile phones," according to Dow Jones.

Over in China, mobile.163.com has grabbed some photos (and jotted down some key facts) from Dell's first public demonstration. Apparently, the mini3i has a 3.5" 360x640 capacitive touch screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a microSD slot, a mini USB interface, and no 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity. Physically, the device looks a bit like the Palm Pre, although the software interface seems to have more of an Apple flair to it.

As Engadget points out, those specs might explain why carriers had supposedly turned down Dell's first prototypes.

 
   
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