Lets not waste any time kids, Dell went berserk it seems, and Engadget got a hold of information on five new phones and two tablets … because everyone has to have a tablet.  I think it’s just been passed into law.  I’m releasing my own tablet soon.

All kidding aside, lets dive in and go nuts.

Dell Lightning

A portrait slider phone that will be running Windows Phone 7, and this sounds like the exact type of phone the operating system was designed for.  Perhaps it is the configuration, but the keyboard does look a tiny bit small compared to the screen, but being at a massive 4.1-inch in size, it could make anything look small.

  • 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon processor
  • WVGA 4.1-inch OLED display
  • AT&T and T-Mobile 3G
  • Five megapixel autofocus camera
  • 1GB of flash with 512MB RAM
  • 8GB of storage on a MicroSD card
  • GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • FM radio
  • Eventual Flash support
  • Possible upgrade to LTE in 2011

dell lightening

Dell Thunder

Apparently Dell has a fascination with storms?  You would have thought Thunder and Lightening would as least run the same operating system, but nope.  Where the Lightening is all about Windows Phone 7, the Thunder will be working off of Android 2.1.

  • Snapdragon processor
  • 4.1-inch WVGA OLED screen
  • Dell “Stage” UI on top
  • Flash 10.1
  • A possible Hulu app
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • HSDPA (i.e. AT&T)
  • LTE model in 2011


Dell Flash

I’m not sure who did the naming for this round of phones, but apparently there was a thunderstorm outside the window as they were being written down.  The operating system will be Android Froyo with Dell’s Stage UI over the top of it.

  • 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7230
  • 11mm thick with a 3.5-inch WVGA LCD
  • 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSPA with a possible 14.4Mbps down and 5.6Mbps up
  • 5 megapixel autofocus cam with image stabilization and smile / blink detection
  • 512MB of RAM and ROM
  • microSD expansion up to 64GB
  • WiFi
  • TV-out
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 3.0

dell flash

Dell Smoke

The Smoke is going to be running Android Froyo and appears to be aimed at more corporate users with its physical QWERTY keyboard and form factor.

  • 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor
  • 2.8-inch QVGA display portrait display
  • 5 megapixel autofocus cam
  • 14.4Mbps HSPA
  • microSD expansion to 32GB
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Dual-mic noise canceling tech in a 12mm package

dell smoke

Dell Aero

The Dell Aero is going to be the slowest of the new phones, but still not exactly slow.  This handset is due in the second quarter, so it will be the first of all these new handsets to land on our doorsteps via AT&T.

  • 624MHz Marvell processor
  • 3.5-inch capacitive multitouch screen
  • Capacitive stylus for handwriting recognition
  • Supports Microsoft ActiveSync and Exchange
  • Launches with Dell 1.5, but expected upgrade to 2.1 later in the year

dell aero

Dell Streak

The Dell Streak has been known for some time, mainly at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but it has still yet to hit shelves.  The big news is that it will receive Android 2.1 in Sept., but there is still no word on when it might actually launch.  It looks like the five-inch device will probably launch sometime in the summer, but that is still not definite.


Dell Looking Glass

Even though the Streak hasn’t hit us yet, that isn’t stopping Dell from prepping a second device.  Where the Streak clocks in at five-inches, the Looking Glass will be seven-inches and running Android 2.1.

  • Tegra 2 processor
  • Optional TV tuner module so you can watch ATSC or DVB-T programming
  • 800×480 display
  • AT&T U-verse browser
  • RAM 4GB, with another 4GB of flash for storage
  • SDHC slot for up to 32GB of expansion
  • 1.3 megapixel camera

dell looking glass

Did Dell Go Nuts?

Leak or not, the mere fact Dell has been working on this many devices is just staggering.  Considering it has only had minimal entries into the cell phone market up until now, having five devices in the pipeline at the same time shows a real shift in its strategy, and it makes you wonder why the company wants to get so much more involved with an already overcrowded smartphone market.

As for the two tablets … I just don’t know.  As I recently asked, just how many tablets can the market sustain?  It seems everyone is going nuts releasing them, and Dell prepping two seems a bit bold to be sure.

What say you?  Has Dell lost its mind?