Dell leak outs Smoke, Thunder, Flash, and Lightning smartphones

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It looks like some internal Dell material has spilled out onto the internet, but am I the only one who finds this stuff suspect? I see lots of spelling errors and some questionable features. The vagueness of some of the specs and the very un-Dell phrasing of a lot of this stuff makes me think this is an outside contractor pitching Dell with some design ideas. If they are real, I’m guessing this is a mockup team inside Dell that’s pitching mobile division higher-ups with their idea of where Dell should be heading in the smartphone world. At any rate, there are pretty pictures, so let’s take a look.


Here we go:

Lightning

If this thing is real, it falls under the mystery third chassis category. Portrait slider? Sure, why not? To add to the skepticism, though, the listed specs do not have the mandated minimum of 8GB of onboard storage. Could just be a mistake (or a misunderstanding of the specs on my part), but in a presentation like this, to ignore one of the basic specs? Shameful.

Flash, Thunder, and Smoke

Here we have three Android-based smartphones. The Flash (left) looks pretty freaky, with “curved glass” sides and Photoshop errors on the top in that last slide – or reflections, its so hard to tell. Its main thing is going to be a huge screen and media editing on-phone. Good luck doing that with any precision using your big ol’ fingers.

The Thunder (middle) is just a gigantic lozenge with an even bigger screen (4.1″) that will also be used for on-device editing and, perhaps, if you’re good, even a Hulu app. Also has that curved glass somewhere about it, though drat me if I can find it.

Do you like tall phones? Like freaky tall? Then the Smoke (right) is for you. I guess they call it that because it has the same form factor as a cigarette. Seems like the weight of the screen would make it uncomfortable to thumb-type on. And if the screen is 2.8″, that means the whole thing is about 3.5″ diagonal total. Kind of small, I’d say.

My fingers are getting cold, so I can’t get into any more detail.


I don’t know, guys. These just seem a little too freaky, and the writing a little too rough, for them to be any kind of final product if you ask me. My personal vote is “not real,” but we’ll see how the cookie crumbles. Still, if Dell is even tossing these ideas around, they deserve a look, so we’re happy to share the info anyway. We’ll be sure to share any further information as it gets out.

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