Dell Mini 3 Smartphone, with Android, Headed for China, Brazil
Dell officially introduces its Mini 3 smartphone, which will run Google's Android operating system, and announces that the Mini 3 will arrive this year on the China Mobile network and Brazil's Claro. An AT&T version for the U.S. is expected.U.S. carriers may have passed on a Dell smartphone, but the computer-maker-cum-smartphone-maker announced on Nov. 13 that it has found two new partners: China Mobile and Brazil's Claro. Dell confirmed its entrance into the smartphone business-in the past, Michael Dell has discussed exploring small form factors, and CFO Brian Gladden has dismissed the China Mobile phone as a prototype-named its carrier partners and introduced its smartphone: the Mini 3.
The Mini 3 will run Google's Android operating system, though Dell shared few other specifics.
While an overused example, Kay said, "it's like playing off-Broadway and then bringing the show to town."
Michael Morgan, an analyst with ABI, also expects the Mini to come to the United States. He points out that Dell has filed a Federal Communications Commission application for the Dell Mini.
"The application is toward the GSM/UMTS spectrum, making it a logical step that Dell would release the phone on the carrier they already have a relationship with ... AT&T," he told eWEEK.
While T-Mobile and Verizon have made Android-based phones intrinsic parts of their holiday lineups, AT&T has yet to offer an Android device.
"One key reason that I speculate for this is that AT&T does not want to have Android and the iPhone going head to head on their network," said Morgan. "However, AT&T must deliver an Android phone to its customers, as it is a highly demanded OS. With a simple Dell 3 Mini, AT&T can offer an Android phone that is not targeted as being an iPhone killer-like the Verizon Droid is."
Morgan added, "The only consumers who should be excited about this are the ones who are into Android. Although this device may not be bleeding edge, in terms of functionality, it will be a solid, middle-of-the-road device."