The Dell Smoke, Inexpensive Pixi-Like Phone

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new Dell Smoke Android phoneThe recent Dell phone leak brought us a wide range of devices.  Some new and expensive. and some mid-range and affordable.  Another device that falls into the mid-range category is the new Dell Smoke.  The Smoke is another Android powered handset, but the highlight of this device is its unique non-traditional layout.  That unique look will remind you of the Palm Pixi, hence the title “Pixi-Like”  The Dell Smoke brings us the candy bar design, with a full front-facing QWERTY keyboard.  Dell is hoping this appeals to business users who do a lot emailing, text, and those that want to access documents on the go.  And it looks like Dell did pretty good job with this phone.

The Smoke will be getting Qualcomm’s new, next generation processor, the 800MHz MSM7230.  This is the same CPU that I spoke about in the Dell Flash article.  And also like its counterpart, the Smoke will run on top of a custom Android 2.2 Froyo.  The Smoke will come with some modest specs, such as 512MB ROM and 256MB RAM.  It will have MicroSD slot that will handle up to 32GB cards.  It will also be getting the basic wifi, bluetooth, GPS, and 5 megapixel camera.  Dell is planning on making this a quad-band GSM phone that supports a 14.4Mbps HSPA connection.  By the time it’s released the Smoke will have full Flash support, that will be capable of playing H.264/MPEG-4 video and also be able to stream it online.

The only trade off is the small screen the Smoke will apparently come with.  The long and slim candy bar shape, I mentioned, will allow the Smoke a 2.8-inch, QVGA with a 320 x 240 resolution, and of course it will be a touchscreen.  With the Smoke coming loaded with Froyo, it means Dell will not be releasing it until Q2 of 2011.  So we’re looking at a full year before we get to play with this beautiful device.  This design is exactly what the Android platform has been missing.  Hopefully Dell will not change this too much before it’s released, cause I’m really looking forward to it.  Do you like the design and layout of the Dell Smoke?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

[via Engadget]

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3 Responses to The Dell Smoke, Inexpensive Pixi-Like Phone

  • joe says:

    looks like a disaster if they were trying to get a pixi look…way to long and way to squared like the old gold nextel ugly as a mutt

  • tb says:

    I feel like I have been the only one in the world looking for this form factor. I have two phones with Sprint and I have actually been holding out for a 755p like device (1. full qwerty, 2. no slider, 3. not dependent on a touchscreen qwerty). Then came the Pixi – (1. No capturing video (on sprint device, anyway) and I can’t view NBC videos, 2. keyboard just a little too small even for my medium-sized man hands). I like the Android platform as much as the WebOS. It bugged the hell out of me that there were over 100 Android phones and everyone was cranking out the same 2 form factors. To me this has left Blackberry so safe, because there have been no real alternatives for the business/consumer types. The perfect phone for me is really: 1. the width of the 755p or any BB Curve/Tour etc. 2. The thickness of the Pixi. 3. The Android or WebOS 4. And the creature comforts of the other phones gps, video capture, and full-featured web browser, and wifi. My bet, this will pull some BB fans. Stretch it to the BB width, even with a shorter screen, it will be a wrap.

  • David says:

    The screen quality needs to be better, but other than that, my days of BlackBerry use will be OVER and I will be back into an Android device. Tried a Nexus One, LOVED the phone, hated the virtual keyboard.

    Problem solved here. Android is the future.