Aug, 17 2009

No wonder every carrier in the developed world scoffed at the Dell Android Phone they lugged continent to continent for which they sought a distribution partner – it was the opposite of impressive. It is the Dell Mini 3i and it is underwhelming to say the least. With no Wi-Fi or WAPI (Chinese equivalent) and no 3G, this phone is an immediate snooze right out of the gate, forcing us to not give a darn about any other specs such as the 3MP camera, MicroSD slot and Bluetooth.

The Official Announcement coincides with the launch of China Mobile’s “Mobile Market”, a distribution platform for mobile apps on various phones the carrier offers including those with Open Mobile System, the company’s proprietary and closed-up version of Android. New pictures of the device were found on 163.com:

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While I’m not completely familiar with the health of the Chinese mobile market, I’m pretty sure that Dell is going to have to do a LOT more than this to gain any ground in their mobile efforts. If you’re trying to get your foot in the door, why launch a device that immediately makes you seem outdated and irrelevant when you’re just beginning your entrance into a new field?

If the Mini 3i has anything going for it, the looks aren’t abysmal. And as always, value depends on price. Dell spokesmen/women/people declined to comment further on the device which was only discussed by China Mobile representatives. I end a lot of articles by saying I’m interested to see where the story goes, but I can’t trick myself into thinking I care about the fate of the Mini 3i.

I hope you all are working on a better Android, dude.

[Tech163 (translated) via ClonedInChina, CNN, EngMo]

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