More details of the long-rumoured Android smartphone from Dell are finally coming to light. Code-named Benzine, after everyone’s favourite flammable hydrocarbon, and likely branded as the Mini 3i, this phone will apparently be landing in China sometime soon. We’ve seen some screenshots of what is likely to be its customized Android operating system, but let’s take a look at the specs.
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 12
- Size: 68.6cc
- 103g grams weight
- Dimensions: 58 x 122 x 11.7mm
- Display: 3.5? nHD 640×360 LCD, 18-bit, 262K colors
- OTA capable
- Microsoft Exchange support
- Google, AIM, Yahoo and MSN IM support
- 3 megapixel auto-focus, flash, 8x digital zoom camera with 30fps video shooting mode, built in photo editor
- USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
- On-screen QWERTY keyboard, hardwriting recognition, multi touch UI
- MicroSD slot
It sounds like a passable mid-range smartphone, but more importantly, it’s China’s first Android handset. Handwriting recognition is a must for the area – I wonder if NTT DoCoMo’s HTC Magic skipped the feature, resulting in the poor reception? Maybe the Mini 3i here will renew some Android faith in the area.