File this rumor in the interesting twist file. Earlier this year rumors circulated that Dell might introduce a mobile handset that would utilize the Google Android mobile operating system. After the phone failed to earn much praise, the company reportedly went back to the drawing board and that’s the last we heard about it… until now.
This week, the rumors are circulating again about Dell’s handset, and here is the twist: the mobile phone is going East. The Android-powered handset, which is reportedly known as the mini3i will launch on China Mobile, and could be available by the middle of this month – as in next week. The mini3i will be sold as part of the Ophone brand in China, with other handsets coming from Lenovo and China-based Dopod.
The rumors are saying that the service will be based on the TD-SCDMA standard, a Chinese-only 3G standard. What this means for U.S. chances of seeing the mini3i aren’t so clear, but at this point we’d say if you want to check it out, you better book that flight to China.
Motorola Android Specs Revealed
The other big rumor is that the big M (Motorola) could be staging a major comeback with not one but two possible Android handsets, each of which could arrive by year’s end. The names are likely codenames rather than product names, but given that all the “cool” handset names are taken, who knows? These handsets include the Sholes and the Morrison, for Verizon and T-Mobile respectively.
The Verizon Sholes could be the “flagship” Google Android device for the carrier say rumors circulating through the blogosphere. And as far as specs go, it isn’t hard to see why this rumor could be right on target. This handset could be available for around $200 with contract, and right now could have a delivery date of late November, around when Santa comes to town.
What we’re hearing is that the phone could include a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and video record, along with GPS navigation. Other specs include:
- CPU: OMAP3430, 600Mhz ARM Cortex A8 + PowerVR SGX 530 GPU + 430MHz C64x + DSP + ISP (Image Signal Processor)
- 450 hours standby, 420 minutes talk time
- 3.7-inch touchscreen display (854×480 resolution) with 16 million color depth
- 512MB/256 ROM/RAM
- MicroSD/MicroSDHC expansion slot
- USB 2.0
- Bluetooth 2.0
- EDR, Wi-Fi
- GPS Navigation
The T-Mobile Morrison – could that be named after the Lizard King perhaps? (probably not) – could see a release a little earlier even, with one rumor even nailing in an October 21st release date. We’ll have to wait and see if this turns out to be true.
The Morrison will rely on a Qualcomm MSM7201A 528MHz processor, and run with 256MB of RAM. It will also likely feature a 5-megapixel camera with a 5.4x digital zoom. Other specs:
- 320×480 resolution (HVGA) display
- 3-axis, four-way screen rotation
- microSDHC, Class 6, 32GB memory card
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900, W-CDMA 900/(1700 or 1900)/2100
- Wi-fi (802.11b/g), WEP, WPA, 802.11i (WPA2)
- Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
- USB 2.0
- 5-megapixel camera with 2560×1920 image capture resolution (max), camera features include: autofocus, white balance, geo-tagging and color effects
- 320×240 (QVGA) video recording, 25fps
- Standalone GPS w/internal antenna
Stay tuned for more news on the Motorola Google Android handsets.