The guys over at Engadget just unloaded a boatload of new Dell phones set to hit us in the (hopefully) near future. The Dell Flash is one of them. Following on the just-leaked Lightning,which sports Windows Phone 7, the Flash brings Android Froyo to the table in a super thin sexy as hell phone.
Supposedly this baby is made from a piece of curved glass, giving it its thin form factor. The Flash has a 3.5 inch display, TV-out, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, a micro SD card slot that’s expandable to 64GB, handwriting recognition for text input (along with virtual keyboard), 512MB of both ROM and RAM, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 3.0, and of course WiFi. The device will also sport Qualcomm MSM 7230 processor with a clock speed of 800MHz. Since the Flash is running on Android Froyo, it will be living up to expectations by supporting Adobe’s Flash 10.1!
The Flash (the hardware, not the Adobe web technology) uses the same custom user interface that we’ve seen on the Streak. From what we have seen from the Streak, Dell seems to have kept the custom UI fairly minimal, and not something over done and ugly. That’s a good thing. With such a beautiful device on tap, it would just be too sad if it was too ugly on the inside to want to use as your everyday phone.
Although, even if the Flash’s UI turns out to be wonky, at least it’s a damn sexy looking phone on the outside (it’s okay to judge phones by the outside, unlike people, depending on who you ask). The Flash should be released in the first quarter of 2011 on AT&T, and then globally afterwards.
I’m glad to see someone else get into the hardware game with something eye-catching to offer. There are only so many manufacturers that keep making compelling hardware, that can make a handful of devices that don’t look exactly the same, and still look great. I’m pointing at you, HTC (although you’re cutting it close with the Evo/HD2). I’m very excited to see these Dell phones come to life, too bad that we won’t see this one until next year.
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