Friday, August 20, 2010
Dell Thunder prototypes get hands-on treatment
The Dell Thunder made its first appearance nearly a week ago and now Engadget has a hands-on video with a couple of engineering test units.
Specs are being reported that match previous leaks which include a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.1″ OLED screen, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 8 MP camera, 720p video capture, and a 1,400 mAh battery. Overall the device sounds pretty similar to the Dell Streak 5-inch tablet, although it will clearly be marketed as a phone and include a more traditional phone UI.
One prototype was running Android 1.6 while the other had Android 2.1 installed, but it will likely be on 2.2 with Dell’s “Stage UI” by launch.
It also appears the Thunder could launch on both GSM and CDMA carriers. The original leak suggested it would appear on AT&T in Q4, but now it is suggested a version with AWS support could go to T-Mobile and a dual-mode phone could indicate a Verizon launch. I believe Dell is desperately trying to get on as many carriers as possible, so it makes sense they would have prototypes for each of them.
Check out the video and let us know what you think. Is this an improvement over the Dell Streak?