Thursday, 25 February 2010

Dell Mini 3i Launches in Brazil & China Dell Officially Enters the Smartphone Busines with Android-powered Mini 3i

Following on last week's leaks and spyshots hinting to an imminent
release of the Dell Mini 3ix in Brazil, today we caught wind that the
early peeks which hinted to a release date in Latin America have proved
to be true as a company spokesman today has announced that the Dell Mini
3i is officially launching in Brazil later this year and China in the
coming days .
Dell's first attempt in the smartphone business, when introduced to the
Brazilian market the new Mini 3i will support 3G and will feature the
same goodies as the handset that's heading to the US with Wi-Fi and 3G
UMTS/HSDPA on 850MHz, 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands. On top of that there's
the same 3.5-inch touchcreen (640ร—360 resolution) with multi-touch UI,
a virtual QWERTY keyboard, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and a microSD
card slot.
As for its China release, the Dell Mini 3i is going to pass on 3G.
Check out the press release below for more info:
Dell today confirmed plans to enter the smart phone business and
announced partnerships with two of the world s largest mobile operators.
Dell plans to distribute its new Mini 3 smart phones through China
Mobile, the largest telecommunications company in the world with more
than 500 million customers, and Claro, which serves more than 42 million
people in Brazil as part of the America Movil network.
Entry into the smart phone category reflects Dell s continued expansion
into mobile internet products and services through value-added
relationships with leading operators. Earlier this year Dell was the
first mobile PC manufacturer to embed China Mobile s 3G technology and
services into its netbooks and quickly became the leading seller of
netbooks through retail outlets in China. In addition Dell has existing
agreements with other leading global telecom providers, including
Vodafone in Europe; Australia/New Zealand, AT T and Verizon in the U.S.;
M1 and Starhub in Singapore; and Maxis in Malaysia, creating more
opportunities to meet the needs of a connected lifestyle.
�Our entry into the smart phone category is a logical extension of
Dell s consumer product evolution over the past two years, � said Ron
Garriques, President, Dell Global Consumer Group. �We are developing
smaller and smarter mobile products that enable our customers to take
their internet experience out of the home and do the things they want to
do whenever and wherever they want. �
�This signals an important milestone in the long term partnership
between China Mobile and Dell, � said a China Mobile spokesperson. �We
are excited for Dell to be among the first manufacturers to introduce
new technology based on the OPhone platform. We look forward to working
with Dell as it brings innovative new products and services to add value
to our customers lives. �
�As a leading innovation company in Brazil, Claro is proud of being
the first wireless carrier in the world offering the 3G version of Dell
s smart phone. This confirms the Brazilian market strength and Claro as
a leading actor in introducing new technology products and services to
the country �, said Joรฃo Cox, president for Claro.
The initial Mini 3 smart phones are designed around the Android platform
to best deliver power, flexibility and customization opportunities for
both users and carriers.
Dell s Mini 3 smart phones reflect the elegant look and style that
demonstrates Dell s commitment to design innovation. Details of phone
models will be announced on a partner-by-partner basis when devices are
available in stores, anticipated in late November for China Mobile and
year s end for Claro.
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