Dell Phones Leak: Lightning, Thunder, Smoke, and Flash

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You want Dell phones? You got ‘em. Engadget’s managed to get its hands on information pertaining to the Windows Phone 7 Lightning, and Android Thunder, Smoke, and Flash. Elemental, no?


First, the Lightning. Dell doesn’t seem to be pulling many punches with this one. It’s got a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, gigantic 4.1-inch OLED slide-out screen, QWERTY keyboard, Windows Phone 7, AT&T and T-Mobile compatibility, and an upgrade to LTE mobile broadband speeds in 2011. No pricing yet but the launch date will be sometime in the fourth quarter.


The Thunder appears to have a similar screen to the Lightning, except there’s no keyboard and it’ll run Android underneath a custom interface by Dell called “Stage.” Swype will be used to handle the on-screen keyboard, there’s a Hulu app and support for Flash 10.1, and an 8-megapixel camera. It’ll be available on AT&T sometime in the fourth quarter. No pricing yet.


The Smoke will be a skinny, 2.8-inch screen Android phone that Dell appears to be positioning toward the BlackBerry crowd. It won’t be here until the second quarter of 2011 but it’ll have an 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 5-megapixel camera, and a price that “won’t break the bank.”


And finally, the Flash. This will be a stylish Android phone fashioned from a piece of curved glass and featuring a 3.5-inch display, TV output, and the same 800MHz Qualcomm CPU found in the Smoke. It’s destined for release in the first quarter of next year on AT&T, although there’s no mention of price.