New rumours suggest that the Dell Mini 3i, Dell’s first smartphone, may be headed to the U.S. in the next few months after all. To date, the Mini 3i has only been shown off in China as a proof-of-concept mobile device.
According to CrunchGear, the U.S. version will feature somewhat better hardware specifications including a 5MP camera. Dell is apparently also looking to modify the software. Sources suggest that it may sport a customized interface and that some of the Google Android libraries will be modified or missing entirely (This could be a legacy of the mini 3i running the Open Mobile System (OMS) Android variant). The result could be that some Android software may not be compatible with the Mini 3i.
A separate report by The Wall Street Journal suggests that the Dell Mini 3i will land at AT&T. This would make AT&T the fourth U.S. carrier to offer a Google Android device. This report also suggests an early 2010 U.S. launch date.