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Dell Thunder  (Source: Engadget)

Dell Lightning  (Source: Engadget)
Engadget gets the scoop on three new smartphones from Dell

Just when you though this week was done with smartphone leaks, two more are coming our way. The folks over at Engadget have come across leaked slides for three new smartphones from Dell. Two of them are affectionately named Thunder and Lightning.

The two smartphones are quite fetching and take advantage of two of the most high profile operating systems out there -- one of which has already been released, and one of which is still at least six months away.

First up is the Dell Thunder. This candy bar-style phone is dominated by a 4.1" (WVGA) OLED display, features an 8MP digital camera, and includes HSDPA support (AT&T). According to Engadget, the Thunder will also receive -- drumroll please -- a integrated Hulu app for viewing movies and TV shows. We've heard rumors about a mobile Hulu app for ages, but this could be the first time that we actually see it show up in a shipping product. In addition, an LTE version of the Thunder is expected in 2011.

Next up is the Dell Lightning. This slider phone runs the upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system and features HSDPA 7.2Mbps 3G connectivity (AT&T and T-Mobile). The screen is a generous 4.1" (WVGA) OLED unit, and an autofocusing 5MP camera is on the back of the device. The Lightning uses a 1GHz (QSD8250) Snapdragon processor, includes 1GB of flash and features 512MB of RAM. All required Windows Phone 7 hardware features are also included (i.e. GPS, accelerometer, etc.).

Not to be left out, there's another Dell smartphone coming your way running Android Froyo. The third phone, named Flash, features an 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM / 512MB ROM, 3.5" WVGA display (sorry, no OLED with this one), Bluetooth 3.0, and TV-out. The Flash will be available for AT&T's network early next year.

Interestingly, Dell says that this phone features an "innovative design with unique curved glass". I guess we need to see this phone in the flesh to see what Dell is talking about, but that won't be for a while.

It's good to know that there are plenty of iPhone alternatives out there now, and more coming in the future. We've already seen a strong showing with the Droid Incredible and these new offerings from Dell should do quite a bit to make those that are sick of hearing about the iPhone stand up and take notice.

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By Motoman on 4/21/2010 8:47:45 PM , Rating: 4
...could you do it, you know, longways on the device? As opposed to BlackBerry style?

So close, yet so far...

By afkrotch on 4/22/2010 12:25:37 AM , Rating: 2
I was thinking the exact same thing. I mean, if it's going to have an accelerometer, might as well just have a sideways keyboard. The screen can just auto rotate.

By highlandsun on 4/22/2010 7:40:01 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Until I see that, none of the new crop of Android phones is going to get me to give up my G1...

By Bateluer on 4/22/2010 9:39:33 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, vertical keyboards aren't bad per se, when you have a small screen, Blackberry Curve, for example. But with a larger 3.2, 3.5, 3.7, or 4+ inch screen, when you open the keyboard, the phone becomes unwieldy and overly long.

Fortunately, I still have a year and a half on my Moto Droid contract for Moto, Dell, HTC, etc to figure out how to do this right.

By unplug on 4/22/2010 1:00:18 PM , Rating: 2
because I need a phone I can always use with one hand.

By Motoman on 4/23/2010 9:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
...I used Blackberrys and Treos for years. No way I could use one with one hand.

These are great phones . . .
By blueboy09 on 4/21/2010 8:46:06 PM , Rating: 2
but what provider will they be coming out in, or is this an online exclusive? Hopefully not, cause we have seen what happens to on-line exclusive phones (hint, hint). Needs to be on all providers if you ask me. Also, there's no price mentioned at all, and before anybody says it's too early, an estimated price is better than no price at all.

RE: These are great phones . . .
By Phoque on 4/21/2010 9:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I`m eager to see the price too. I'd like to see such full fledged smarphones at the 300$ price point with no contract. Today, they're in the 600$ range, but I'm hopefull in the coming 2-3 years, competition will bring that down.

For the price estimage, I guess we could compare with similar smartphones from different providers. In Canada ( I looked at Bell, IPhone 3Gs ), I think the Thunder or Lightning could cost 150$-200$ with 3 years contract.

RE: These are great phones . . .
By blueboy09 on 4/21/2010 9:07:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I agree even though you guys are in Canadian currency, even $200 with a two-year contract here in the States sounds about right. Something needs to be done about the full price versions of phones thought, cause they are killing the wallet for sure, but to get any provider you want with no contract, I guess that's the price you have to pay though. Still sucks though. - BLUEBOY

RE: These are great phones . . .
By MGSsancho on 4/22/2010 10:21:34 AM , Rating: 2
If say smartphones were the same in price for each class, $200 with contract for top tear gear, $100 for stuff like the pixi with contract. $500 for a top phone no contract etc. This would really make phone selection for the consumer better and the sales men. Have a few tiers with plans for each tier across carriers. sure each carrier will have the bundled stuff and family stuff to grab a sale, but it would make selections easier to me at least

Wrong sequence
By ElementZero on 4/22/2010 8:33:24 AM , Rating: 5
First up is the Dell Thunder....

Next up is the Dell Lightning....

Apparently Brandon Hill didn't see Cars. Just like Lightning McQueen says: Thunder comes after.... Lightning! Ka-chow!

RE: Wrong sequence
By Sazar on 4/22/2010 6:00:54 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking more along the lines of The Rundown :)

Same line, earlier movie.

Won't buy.
By Smilin on 4/22/2010 9:26:00 AM , Rating: 3
7.2Mbps 3G connectivity ( AT&T and T-Mobile )

I'd rather carry a rotary phone on a belt clip than use either of those two.

RE: Won't buy.
By ThePooBurner on 4/22/2010 11:51:03 AM , Rating: 2
AT&T i understand, but i haven't heard any real complaints from T-Mobile. Could you elaborate?

RE: Won't buy.
By Anoxanmore on 4/22/2010 1:25:05 PM , Rating: 2
Well that is pretty easy to explain, T-mobile's coverage area is terribiggle, compared to AT&T, however, at least with T-mobile if you have coverage you can make a call.

I can't really say the same for AT&T.

Don't forget the Flash and the Smoke!!
By sticksabuser on 4/21/2010 9:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
By themaster08 on 4/22/2010 2:04:24 AM , Rating: 2
They also look really nice aesthetically, especially the latter. They look slim, minimalistic, and a little different from the rest. I like it.

By superPC on 4/21/2010 8:45:57 PM , Rating: 1
Those two phones looked like they're the same phone. they even use the same parts (HSDPA, OLED, maybe even the processor). This might be the first phone with multiple OS (with win mo 7 coming out, we can expect more of similar things from other manufacturer).

I really think this is a smart move. giving different OS to the same hardware is great for the phone manufacturer since they're platform agnostic. they make a profit regardless of the OS they use as long as they can sell the hardware. supporting multiple OS on the same hardware is smart. and to think that I propose something similar in the droid incredible article. I thought HTC would be the first one to do this kind of thing. well win mo 7 is still some month away, they still got the chance to do just that.

By blueboy09 on 4/21/2010 8:58:32 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I thought that the Thunder had a 800 MHz processor while the Lightning had a 1 GHz processor, but I could be wrong though. I know that the Aroyo phone is supposed to have a 800 MHz chip in it though. Looks like they're trying to include everything in a computer with bite-sized parts so you don't miss anything. Next up: A phone that actually talks back to you and gives you score and news highlights by giving it a command. - BLUEBOY

Nice phones
By dewlim on 4/22/2010 1:20:33 AM , Rating: 3
Pretty phones from Dell. More people coming in mean good news for the consumers.

No Verizon, No Sale
By Jackattak on 4/22/2010 2:39:41 PM , Rating: 2
That's too bad, too. Because these look like just the phones I've been looking for.

Oh well. I'll be sticking to my Moto Droid for a while longer (and happily so).

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