Dell has begun taking pre-orders for its next smartphone running Google's Android OS. The Dell Venue is going to offer a high-end feature set, highlighted with a large AMOLED screen and very high-resolution camera.
This model should not be confused with the Dell Venue Pro, which has a sliding keyboard and runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system. These two are part of Dell's strategy to offer consumers a range of options, including devices with different mobile platforms.
On the inside will be Google's Android OS 2.2 running on a 1 GHz processor. The standard user interface is going to be layered over with Dell's Stage UI,
The smartphone will have 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of Internet storage. A microSD/HC memory card slot will allow users to add up to 32 GB of additional capacity if they choose.
The Venue will sport an 8 megapixel camera, a higher-resolution one than is typical. Naturally, this will support both still images and video.
Dell is going to make two versions of this smartphone. One will include the wireless frequencies used by AT&T, while another will support T-Mobile's 3G network.
Both versions will include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
Pricing and Availability
The Dell Venue was officially unveiled at CES last month, but is just now going on sale. Dell hasn't given an exact launch date, but units pre-ordered today are scheduled to ship on Feb. 18. However, Dell describes this as a preliminary ship date.
As it is being sold unlocked, directly to consumers, rather than through a carrier, there won't be a carrier subsidy. This means that the only price available will be $500.
The Dell Venue can be ordered now on Dell's website.
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