Aug 17th, 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




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 If you’re trying to get your foot in the door, why launch a device that immediately makes you seem outdated and irrelevant when you’re just beginning your entrance into a new field?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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