Dell's Android smart phone may reach U.S. shores

— 10:22 AM on October 7, 2009

After months of speculation, Dell finally introduced a Google Android-powered smart phone this summer. Rather than the United States, however, Dell picked China as the launch market—not quite what many expected.

CrunchGear now reports that the Dell Mini 3i may launch in the U.S. after all. The device will purportedly arrive "in the next few months" and go up against Android devices from HTC, Samsung, and Motorola.

The report adds that Dell might update the phone in preparation for the U.S. launch. The Chinese model reportedly feels "cheap and plasticky," includes a three-megapixel camera, and has modified Android software that doesn't run all third-party apps. The U.S. version could have better hardware and a five-megapixel camera, CrunchGear says.

Not long before the Chinese launch, we heard that U.S. carriers had rejected Dell's first prototypes for not being distinctive enough. Perhaps the company used China to test the waters and refine the device.

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