Dell Lightning: we're assuming it's fast

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Remember earlier in the week when the fourth-gen iPhone leaked and everyone went crazy trying to guess what Apple has planned? Well, be prepared to forget it all.

(Credit: Engadget)

Engadget has today posted a document outlining Dell's plans to be one of the first to market with a Windows Phone 7 device, and it's a doozy. The document outlines the specs for the as-yet-to-be-confirmed Dell Lightning, a WP7 smartphone with a 4.1-inch OLED touchscreen display, 9GB of storage (from a strange mix of 1GB internal and an 8GB microSD), a WP7-mandatory 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and all the connectivity options you could hope for, including the Wi-Fi 802.11n protocol.

It will also feature something we don't think you'll have seen before, a full QWERTY keyboard under a slider. To be honest, and feel free to disagree, but this keyboard seems like the kind of thing that smartphone lovers will hate, but full points to Dell for trying something new anyway.

If the documents are legit, and they certainly seem that way, we can expect the Lightning in the second-half of the year, no doubt to coincide with the official WP7 launch.

Dell Lightning specs

Specs leaked show an impressive array of hardware.
(Credit: Engadget)



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JamieB1 posted a comment   
Australia

I love my physical keyboards! Lets me use my Citrix Work desktop while on the go.

 

taylorb100 posted a comment   

When is a mobile going to be manufactured that can be changed between the 3G bands. ie 850 vs 900? It can be quite an investment to purchase modern mobiles and not having the opportunity to changed between, say Telstra and Voda/Optus is wastfull.

 

Tony posted a comment   

My Zune HD has an OLED screen and it is very easy to read in sunlight. It is the best looking screen I've ever seen.

 

JEddy posted a comment   

OLED's dont work in sunlight so they're not good on mobile phones

 

Cazman posted a comment   

Brilliant handset! the combination of full screen capacitive multi touch display and portrait qwerty keyboard is WIN!

 

Brendan posted a comment   

It's like the palm pre with the keyboard, but I love the sharp edges...
If only the keyboard was non-existent or in landscape




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