Dell to launch China-only mobile phone after all, calls it “Ophone mini3i”

Posted on August 11, 2009. Filed under: Mobile World | Tags: , , |

By Serkan Toto, Tech crunch

We broke the news on Dell launching a China-only cell phone on Sunday, and today major Chinese news portal 163.com reports the device is on its way: What Dell will be offering in China is an Android-powered “Ophone” called the mini3i.

China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier, will distribute the device and plans to launch it as early as “in the middle of this month” (which could mean any day this week). China Mobile plans to establish Ophone as a new brand and sell a number of devices from different makers under it. Apart from Dell, Lenovo and another Chinese company called Dopod [CN] (aka HTC) are expected to release Ophones in the next few days.

All Ophones will support TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access), a China-only 3G standard, which means it will be hard to get the Dell Ophone to work outside China.

No updates yet on Dell China’s or China Mobile’s (Chinese) site. We’ll bring you pictures and specs of the mini3i as soon as we get them.

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What Is The Real Reason Dell Is Discontinuing 12-inch Netbooks?

Posted on August 9, 2009. Filed under: Notebook | Tags: , , |

By Michael Arrington, Tech crunch

Dell has retired their 12-inch Intel Atom-powered netbooks, they said today. The official reason – “It really boils down to this: for a lot of customers, 10-inch displays are the sweet spot for netbooks…Larger notebooks require a little more horsepower to be really useful.”dell netbook

That makes absolutely no sense, since it requires no additional hardware horsepower to power a 12-inch netbook v. a 10-inch netbook. The only difference is power usage from the bigger screen. And the two extra inches more than makes up for the shorter battery life or slightly heavier device from packing in more batteries. It only costs a few more dollars to build a 12-inch v. a 10-inch netbook, and users get a bigger screen with the same performance.

In fact, Intel’s official position on 10-inch netbooks is almost exactly the opposite of Dell’s. Intel says “If you’ve ever used a Netbook and used a 10-inch screen size–it’s fine for an hour. It’s not something you’re going to use day in and day out.”

So why is Dell really discontinuing 12-inch netbooks?

Probably a couple of reasons. First, Intel doesn’t like 12-inch netbooks because they are deep into dual core territory, where Intel has much healthier profit margins. For casual users a 12-inch netbook with an Atom chip works just fine, and they are buying these devices instead of more expensive dual core machines. Intel has put pressure on OEMs to build netbooks that have 10 inch or smaller screens.

This includes direct pricing pressure – Intel prices Atom chips based on the size of the device screen. Anything over 10 inches is priced higher than devices with 10 inch or smaller screens. We think this is an inappropriate way to price Atom chips.

Dell may also be seeing customers who would otherwise buy a dual-core 13-inch or 14-inch Inspiron choosing the lower priced (and less profitable) 12 inch netbook instead. That’s something they aren’t going to be happy about.

Netbooks should be getting bigger, not smaller. That’s what users want.

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Dell Adamo to arrive tomorrow: $1,999

Posted on March 17, 2009. Filed under: Notebook | Tags: , , |

By Nilay Patel, Engadget

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Not a ton of details to work with here, but Dell’s confirmed to the hometown Austin American Statesman that the 13-inch Adamo we saw at CES will indeed launch tomorrow and be priced at $1,999. As expected, the machine will be just the first in an entire line of high-end Adamo-branded machines, but we don’t know if Dell has anything else in store right away — hopefully we’ll find out more soon, as the 13-inch version is due out in 24 countries including the states on March 26th. Ballsy move launching a premium line in the shadow of Apple’s iPhone 3.0 event, but you know we’ll bring you all the details as soon as we have ’em.

Update: Well, that was fast — the Adamo is apparently already floating around SXSW in Austin. No specs yet, but that’s a picture of the box up there. Yeah, it’s hot. Check out a bunch more pics by Brian Solis here.

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Dell Adamo announced: 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo, $1,999

Posted on March 17, 2009. Filed under: Notebook | Tags: , , |

By Nilay Patel, Engadget

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After months of drawn-out buildup, the Adamo endgame has played out pretty damn fast: we had pricing and box pictures leak just about an hour ago, and now Dell’s officially announced the first machine in the Adamo line, the 13.4-inch model we saw at CES. Sadly, it sounds like beauty is only aluminum-skin deep here: that hot little case holds a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo U9300 with integrated Intel X4500 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, and it all weighs four pounds — a pound more than the MacBook Air. Not exactly a barnstormer, especially for $1,999 — it looks like you’re spending the majority of that cash on high-end design flourishes like a magnetic cover that hides the Microsoft-required Windows authenticity sticker. Hopefully this thing will be joined by some higher-powered siblings when it arrives on March 26th, keep your fingers crossed. Two videos and the full release after the break.

Update: Looks like CNET scored one early — check out their hands-on here, and a pic of that magnetic cover here.

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Dell lets Adamo 9 and Studio One 22 slip

Posted on March 17, 2009. Filed under: Notebook | Tags: , , |

By Thomas Ricker, Engadget

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In another of those extra-special slip-ups peculiar to Dell, we get the unofficial announcement of a pair of new computers courtesy of Dell’s own support documents. This time, it’s the Dell Adamo 9 and Studio One 22. From that bit of info we can deduce a 9-inch, ultra-glam, ultra-portable laptop carrying Dell’s luxury Adamo brand as well as a 22-inch version of Dell’s sexy Studio One all-in-one PC. Pretty sweet by comparison to the relative heft of the just announced 13-inch Adamo laptop and the tiny display on Dell’s 19-inch Studio One. Good times.

Update: Blogeee.net spotted the Adamo 9 on the compatibility list for the Dell Wireless 5530 card. In other words, the Adamo 9 will offer both internal HSPA data and GPS lock as an optional update.

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Dell Adamo arrives tomorrow? Google seems to think so

Posted on March 16, 2009. Filed under: Google, Tech News | Tags: , , |

By Paul Miller, Engadget

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Thanks to a fortuitous search on Google Ireland, friendly tipster Niall spotted this rather intriguing sponsored link for Dell Adamo. Instead of the vague “Learn More” promised by similar sponsored links in the States, the ad on Google Ireland says that we can “Discover the Love Story on 17/3.” Dell has been pretty mum on a release date — most details, in fact — for this laptop, so it’d be quite the pleasant surprise to be staring at an order page for the thing as of tomorrow. Of course, the sponsored link goes to the same old splash page for Adamo we’ve got, so we’ll probably have to wait until tomorrow to find out what this really means — maybe Dell’s planning on teasing us another few months with vague statements and flashy imagery; wouldn’t that be thrilling?

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Dell Inspiron Mini 10 gets reviewed

Posted on March 10, 2009. Filed under: Notebook | Tags: , , |

By Donald Melanson, Engadget

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Dell’s Mini 10 netbook certainly seems to occupy the sweet spot between the company’s Mini 9 and Mini 12 offerings but, according to Laptop’s review of the netbook, there may be just a few too many trade-offs for some folks. On the upside, the Mini 10 does compare favorably to most other 10-inch netbooks in terms of size and weight, and the keyboard is actually a tad larger than the one on the Mini 12, with it measuring about 0.3-inches deeper and extending right to the edge of the system. Unfortunately, Laptop found that the reworked touchpad was quite a bit more finicky than the one’s on its counterparts, and Dell’s decision to hold back on some features like a six-cell battery means that it doesn’t quite give you the same bang for the buck as something like the Samsung NC10 or ASUS Eee PC 1000HE. Still undecided? Then hit up the read link below for the full rundown.

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