Engadget had the chance to score not one, but two Dell Thunder prototype units for review just the other day. The handset is supposed to support global HSPA and AWS connectivity for T-Mobile and even CDMA, at some point. The prototypes were delivered without their rear cover, but they still look pretty nice, specially thanks to the curved chrome sides.
The beautiful curved glass screen will conquer your heart instantly and on the top side of the device you can find a 3.5mm audio jack, while at the bottom, there’s a couple of loud speakers and a micro USB port for charging purposes. The microSD card slot and SIM slot can be found at the back panel area, but there’s no need to remove the 3.7V 1400 mAh battery luckily.
Also at the back, there’s an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and 4X digital zoom, plus a single LED flash. Moving on to the display, we learn that this is the disappointing side of Dell Thunder, as the glass of the screen is nifty, but the LCD panel underneath is an unpleasant surprise. Engadget was expecting at least an OLED panel on Dell Thunder and all they got was a standard LCD.
One of the Thunder prototypes supports an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, while the other reaches something like 1280 x 768, but the text is uncomfortable to read on that one. The OS of choice for the handsets is Android 2.1 on one unit and a developer version of Android 1.6 on the other, both running on a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with Qualcomm Adreno graphics.
More info on the smartphones can be found in the video below and in the full preview here.