Dell to replace its 25,000 employees BlackBerrys with the Dell Venue Pro

Things are going to get heated in the smartphone business sector this fall. Dell is apparently planning to move its 25,000 employees from BlackBerrys to Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handsets in the near future:

“Clearly in this decision we are competing with RIM, because we’re kicking them out,” the computer maker’s chief financial officer, Brian Gladden, said in an interview.

Dell is going to offer its employees the choice to switch to the Venue Pro or an other Dell Android phone (probably the Del Venue aka Dell Thunder once it’s made official later this year).

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Dell Venue Pro passes the FCC

If you are are set on getting the Dell Venue Pro this fall you should be happy to learn that the device has recently passed the FCC certification. Keep in mind that the Venue Pro is currently scheduled to launch on T-Mobile in the US and that no European carrier has officially announced its upcoming availability (even-thought it’s rumored to be available in several countries before the end of the year).

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Dell Venue Pro hands-on preview and videos

Dell had their upcoming Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handsets available for some long hands-on action during the Dell a media event held in Singapore 4 days ago. There isn’t much to learn from this preview other than a lot of pictures and a couple of hands-on videos of the device in action. As you can see in my WP7 hardware specification chart the Dell Venue Pro is the bulkiest (and heaviest) device currently announced. This should be taken into consideration when looking at all the WP7 offerings. The vertical sliding keyboard is definitely a nice touch but other than that the Samsung Omnia 7 or Focus which has a Super-AMOLED screen (compared to the regular AMOLED on the Venue Pro) is probably a better choice. Videos and pictures after the break:

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All Windows Phone 7 devices hardware specifications in one place

I have just finished compiling this huge excel table containing all of the hardware specifications of the currently announced Windows Phone 7 devices. So if you are looking to compare one device to an other just check out the image below (click on it) and make your choice. I will regularly update it once I have more information (especially for the Dell Venue Pro). So there you have it: Samsung Omnia 7, Samsung Focus, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC Surround, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro, LG Optimus 7, LG Optimus 7 Q / Quantum and finally the Dell Venue Pro. Click on the image after the beak (you can also right click and save it):
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Dell Venue Pro hands-on. Coming to Europe before 2011 ?

I’m slowly trying to catch up with all the Windows Phone 7 news that I didn’t have time to post yesterday and the one thing that I definitely have to talk about is the Dell Venue Pro aka Dell Lighting. Unfortunately this device isn’t scheduled to launch everywhere so it wasn’t present yesterday and that’s why you didn’t see a hands-on video of it from me but it will apparently launch in the UK before the end of the year. As it is usually the case big blogs got some early hands-on action with the device prior to the announcement (yes it sucks for us smaller blogs when it comes to early software / hardware access). The Dell Venue Pro looks a lot like the Dell Thunder Android smartphone that the company is scheduled to launch in the coming months. The 4.1″ Gorilla Glass curved WVGA OMLED screen, Snapdragon chipset etc. The major difference here is the inclusion of a vertical sliding keyboard which will surely please a lot of hardware keyboard fans. You can expect the same performances on the Venue Pro as on all the other WP7 devices unveiled yesterday so the choice will boil down you your carrier and hardware/Form factor preference. Video and pictures after the break:

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HTC 7 Trophy shows up in Vodafone’s inventory

The mysterious HTC 7 Trophy that was certified a couple of days ago has now appeared in Vodafone Germany’s inventory according to the picture above. Nothing about the device is know yet other than the fact that to original HTC Trophy was a Candy-bar Qwerty device that was meant to launch earlier this year with Windows Mobile 6.5. The fact that only screen resolution currently supported in Windows Phone 7 is WVGA (800×480) makes me wonder if the original design will be similar because this kind of aspect ration doesn’t really fit such a form factor (unless the keyboard slides like the rumored Dell Lightning)

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Dell Thunder Hands-on preview

The Engadget boys just got their hands on the two Dell Thunder prototypes we have seen last week and posted a quick hands-on. The most interesting part is that one of the devices apparently features a relatively high-res LCD display (the other one has a regular WVGA LCD). They think that it’s 1280×768 but this is impossible primalary because the maximum display resolution supported by then Qualcomm QSD8x50 Snapdragon is 1280×720. My guess would be WSVGA 1024×600 but I could be wrong. The glass is also slightly curved which seems to be a odd thing especially when is comes to viewing angle performance. The on both device is Android 2.1 and the performances is comparable to any other Snapdragon powered Android handset. Check out the video after the break:

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More Dell Thunder live pictures

Looks like the owner of the Dell Thunder Android device we have seen earlier has been busy handing out blurry pictures of the handsets (looks likehe has 2 of them) to a couple of sites today. Nothing really new here other than the fact that these pictures are not as crappy as the previous ones..I frankly don’t find the device to be really attractive when compared to the current smartphone on the market.

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Dell Thunder Android handset in the wild

The Dell Thunder Android handset that was part of the gigantic leak a few months ago is apparently being tested in the wild. The Thunder is currently running Android 2.1 without any Dell customization on top and features a 4.1″ AMOLED screen according to the leak. The device is also capable of recording 720P videos with its 8Mpix camera (and LED). I’m also guessing that it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon clocked at 1GHz. Check out the blurry video after the break:

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LG, HTC, Samsung and Dell will ship Windows Phone 7 phones this fall. HP no longer a partner


Microsoft’s Senior Vice President, Mobile Communications Business, Andy Lees has announced a few minutes ago during his WPC10 presentation that consumers can expect to see Windows Phone 7 handsets from HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell shipping this fall. This also means that other partners like Gamrin Asus, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba won’t have their devices ready before the end of the year. Another interesting piece of info popped up during Steve Ballmer’s speach yesterday in one of his PPT slides (pictured above): HP is no longer a Windows phone 7 partner. This shouldn’t come as a surprise especially after the Palm acquisition (even though HP was a bit confused about this subject lately).

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Dell Looking Glass: 7-inch Tegra 2 Android tablet

Last but not least, the Dell Looking Glass Android tablet. At the heart of it ia nVidia’s Tegra 2 chipset coupled with 7″ WVGA capacitive touchscreen. The Looking Glass runs Android 2.1 like the smaller Dell Streak and is said to feature a optional ATSC or DVB-T tuner. Release date is estimated around November 2010, but like I said earlier: those slides are probably dated which means that the info isn’t reallt up to date (and having a Tegra 2 on board doesn’t help in light of nVidia’s curent problems when it comes to shipping dates and quality control).

Source: Engadget

Dell Smoke Android Froyo handset outted

Here comes the second Froyo handset, the Dell Smoke (I’m waiting for the Dell Vapour now…). With a design similar to the Palm Pixi and a hint of Sony Ericsson, the Dell Smoke is the company’s second Android Froyo based handset and like the Dell Flash, features a Qualcomm SMS7230 at 800Mhz. THe screen is said to be a 2.8inch QVGA panel even though it doesn’t exactly look like that in the slides above.

Source: Engadget

Dell Flash: First Android Froyo smartphone unveiled

Seems like the leak won’t stop tonight. Here’s the Dell Flash handset based on the upcoming Android version named Froyo. The Dell Flash is aimed at the mainstream market and packs a Qualcomm MSM 7230 SoC clocked @ 800Mhz (the “mid-end” shrunk down version of the SnapDragon) and 3.5inch WVGA TFT LCD screen. It also features a 5Mpix camera and all the connectivity option you can expected on a modern smartphone. Like the Dell Thunder the Flash will feature Dell’s on UI on top of Android. Shipping is expected in Q1 2011 (on AT&T?). Please keep in mind that all the leaked slides are probably a couple of months old and that all the specs are subject to change without notice…

Source: Engadget

Dell Thunder Android phone leaked

After the lightning….comes the thunder. It’s leak time today: The Dell Thunder is the company’s upcoming Android based smartphone expected in Q4 2001. Not much is known about the specs (other than the 4.1″ OLED screen), but from the looks of it I would guess that it has basically the same hardware has the Dell Lightning minus the hardware keyboard. The deivie is also said to include a Hullu application to watch on-demand video (via Flash 10.1) and will also feature the Swype onscreen keyboard.

Source: Engadget

Dell Lightning Windows Phone 7 Super Smartphone leaks

Wow, this came out of nowhere. Engadget just got the hands on some internal slides of Dell’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset: the Dell Lightning. The lighting features a portrait sliding qwerty keyboard, a 4.1″ OLED screen, 1G Rom of internal Flash, 512Mb of Ram and 8Gb of storage on a Micro-SD (weird given that micro-sd aren’t supposedly allowed on Windows Phone 7..). A Qualcomm Snapdragon clocked at 1ghz is also on board. Check out the slides for the rest of the info. The device is expected to launch in Q4 2011 with full flash/silverlight support in the browser (this info is definitely old/wrong). As you can see the Bing application shown in the slides is actually the iPhone version, also it’s actually the Zune HD interface you see there and the OS is still called Windows Mobile 7 instead of Windows Phone 7, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the slides were a couple of months old (dating before WP7′s announcement at MWC10 in Feb 2010).

Source: Engadget

Dell Aero Photo Gallery & Info

AT&T just released a couple of new pictures of the recently announced Dell Aero Android smartphone. Nothing new, it obviously looks exactly like the Dell Mini 3 released in China.

  • 5 MP camera lets you share your life in a snap with integration into Flickr®, Facebook®, Picassa™, YouTube and TwitPic
  • Watch media come to life on the 3.5″ nHD display
  • Stay connected with a variety of social networking apps including Facebook that is fully integrated into your phonebook and syncs events to your calendar!
  • PC like web browsing experience with Flash Lite® support for streaming audio and video content
  • Connect to 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots
  • Navigate using the onboard GPS system while talking hands-free
  • nHD display ? Is that the new buzzword for HVGA?

    The Dell Mini 3 becomes the Dell Aero. Launches on AT&T now

    The Dell Mini 3 is now officially the Dell Aero on AT&T. Dell’s first Android smartphone is now finally coming to the US after being launched a little while ago in China. The devices specs are identical but will feature a custom user interface developed by Dell and AT&T.

    Source: AT&T’s FaceBook page

    First picture of AT&T’s Dell Mni 3 Android phone

    Here’s the first render/picture of the Dell Mini 3 Android smartphone headed to AT&T in the coming months. As you can see it looks exactly like the Chinese version launched a few months ago. I wonder if it will ship with the Pogo stylus…

    Source: Direct2Dell

    Android devices officially coming to AT&T

    That’s right folks, AT&T just announced ist plans to launch five Android based devices in the first half of 2010. One device will probably be the Motorola BackFlip, the Dell Mini 3 and three other Android phones from HTC. Here’s the full Press release:

    AT&T Launches Major Initiative to Bring ‘Apps to All’

    Company Also Plans to Launch Five Android-Based Devices in First Half of 2010

    Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6, 2010

    AT&T today announced plans to launch five new devices from Dell, HTC and Motorola based on the Android platform. The company also announced a major initiative to expand the universe of mobile applications beyond smartphones to more mobile phones – and spur future app development for emerging consumer electronics devices, its U-verse TV platform, and enterprise and small business workplaces.

    At the 4th annual AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, executives outlined details including:

    * New devices that will give customers the most robust choices of major operating systems (OS), including Android™, in the U.S.
    * A goal to offer all major smartphone OS app stores
    * An agreement with Qualcomm to standardize apps development for mid-range Quick Messaging Devices using BREW Mobile Platform. These devices are used by millions of customers who historically have not had the same convenient access as smartphone customers to the market’s hottest apps
    * A new AT&T SDK (software developer kit) to help developers immediately begin to develop apps for these devices
    * A significantly enhanced developer program and new relationships with global carriers that are intended to make it easier for developers to distribute apps in markets outside the U.S.
    * Future initiatives to enable developers to create more apps for AT&T’s U-verse TV, emerging consumer electronics devices, and businesses
    * A new AT&T Virtual Innovation Lab and two new Innovation Centers, which will help developers and spur apps development

    “Applications help consumers realize the full value and benefits of mobile broadband networks, services and devices,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Today some AT&T customers can take advantage of more than 100,000 apps – but only if they have the right handset. Our goal is to bring more apps to millions more of our customers who want convenient access to the market’s hottest apps. At the same time, in the future, we plan to go well beyond mobile devices to spur apps development.”

    In addition to ultimately giving more customers more choices of applications, the long-term strategic initiatives announced today will make it easier for developers to cost effectively create applications and reach broader audiences, and help AT&T drive data revenues.

    Extend Smartphone Leadership
    AT&T will further its leadership in smartphones with the planned launch of five new devices from Dell, HTC and Motorola based on the Android platform. Those devices, which are scheduled to be available during the first half of 2010, include:

    * A Motorola smartphone, powered by MOTOBLUR, with a unique form factor and an AT&T exclusive
    * Dell’s first smartphone, based on the Android platform and an AT&T exclusive
    * A HTC smartphone, based on the Android platform, and an AT&T exclusive
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