Aug 12 AT 12:18 PM Sean Riley 4 Comments

Dell is bringing the Thunder with its latest leaked handset

After the massive Dell roadmap leak in April which introduced us to the Thunder, Smoke, Flash and the Looking Glass tablet; there has been little news to speak of regarding any of those devices.

Fortunately that changed this morning as Engadget received a brief video and some photos showing off a Dell Thunder prototype which the proud owner claims is still on target for a Q4 release.

Currently the prototype is running vanilla Android 2.1, but it will likely be on 2.2 with Dell’s “Stage UI” by launch (3.0 probably isn’t in the cards for launch due to the timeframe and the presence of the Dell skin).

Other reported specs include a 4.1″ OLED screen, 8 MP camera, 720p video capture, and a 1,400 mAh battery. As with most of the leaked roadmap this device is rumored to be for AT&T. The screen resolution is a mystery at the moment as while previous reports had it pegged at 800 x 480 the video and photos tell a different story. Check it out and see whether you think Dell is upping the ante on the resolution here.

As Engadget points out this of course gives us hope that the rest of the roadmap was real including the Tegra 2 based Looking Glass tablet which was also due to be out in Q4. If you’ll recall that device was slated to have a WVGA screen so here’s hoping that Dell has seen the error of their ways and bumped the resolution on that one as well.

Despite Dell’s horrendous handling of the Streak launch and their inability to get it beyond Android 1.6 for launch the reviews of the hardware itself have been pretty solid and the Thunder at least has a solid and sleek look to it. Assuming they manage to get this phone out in a timely fashion and with a current OS are you ready to trust Dell for your next Android device?

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Source: Engadget

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I think this device might be pretty interesting.

  • AndMac


    The only way for Dell to compete with the established phone brands would be to bring to market a vanilla Android phone.

    But with this “Stage UI” stuff, I’ll pass. Bringing another crappy UI skin which prevents easy upgrades is a sure way to oblivion.

    All these guys are basically following Apple’s lead in locking down the UI, except that they can’t even match Apple’s UI elegance.

  • http://Website Drew

    Yet another high end device slated for another carrier that’s not T-mobile. Tmo what do I have to do to have some freaking choices?! I’m getting so tired of playing the waiting game; seeing awesome looking stuff come out only to find that it’s not coming to you. I refuse to buy any Scamsung but I NEED TO GET RID OF THIS BEHOLD II! Maybe if I sacrificed a sheep to the phone gods Tmo will hear me? No? What about HTC?

    • HardNoks

      I have the same problem you do, but with the cliq. I’m hoping the vangaurd and the mytouch HD or whatever its gonna be will be able to compete with the high end phones that are already available