For real, Dell smartphone gets detailed
Last modified on Friday, 14 August 2009 11:17
Well, our sources have been hard at work today gathering more data on “Benzine,” which it turns out is the codename for the latest Dell smartphone that is in development. As we had reported previously, at least initially it seems that this Android-powered smartphone will be destined for the Chinese market exclusively.
From what we have been told the specs for the Benzine are very much what you would expect, including Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 12 support. There is no 3G support in the initial release. The Benzine checks in at 58x122x11.7mm with a weight of 103 grams. This display offers 18-bit color with 262K colors on a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 640x360. The touchscreen will support an on-screen QWERTY keyboard interface, will support the multi-touch user interface and offer at least some handwriting recognition support. (It is a bit unclear right now as to what kind of handwriting recognition support the device will offer.)
As for the collection of features, as we have explained it is Android-powered and it will offer multi-IM support including Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo and MSN. As for the messaging it will offer full Microsoft Exchange support, so Dell does intend in the future to target the device at IT shops that are already using Dell products.
The standard hardware features will offer USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR connectivity. The camera will be a three megapixel auto-focus with flash. It will offer 8x digital zoom and will be able to capture video at 30 frames per second. Built-in software for photo editing will be included as part of the package. Benzine will offer an accessible MicroSD slot with HD support of up to 32GB cards. GPS is included, and will be supported by Google Maps as well as another GPS application to be included, but will likely cost extra, depending on your carrier, of course.
According to our sources, the Benzine is ready to go and it will be rolled out in the Chinese market first; if it is successful, then Dell is likely to take a stab at the European and North American markets, as well. It could be tough for Dell, however, as the market is already getting crowed with a variety of upcoming Android smartphones with similar features to the Benzine.