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Dell’s Android smartphone gets pictured

Leave it up to our team of global ninjas — we’ve just got a shot of what we’re told will be one of Dell’s Android devices coming later this year. Yes, you heard that right — multiple handsets coming from Dell. It’s been rumored for a while, but we’re able to confidently report Dell is looking to introduce both 2G and 3G model devices in the near future. We don’t have any hard specs or even a name for the device pictured above, but we are able to report one thing: that UI is worse than Samsung’s TouchWiz interface cross-bred with a sea mammal.

Thanks, Daddy G.!

Snag an unlocked Nokia E63 on the cheap from Dell

If you’ve read any of our coverage of Nokia’s E63 smartphone in the past, you likely know we’re not huge fans of this handset. Dubbed “E71 lite” here at BGR, the E63 features an E71-like form with the following downgrades: Plastic instead of metal, EDGE only, No GPS, a 2 megapixel camera instead of a 3.2 megapixel camera, a tiny unusable spacebar and no dedicated power or volume buttons. Boo. On the flip side of the coin however, Dell is now offering a special on unlocked E63s — likely because no one is buying them — that chops the price down to $198.39 with free shipping. If you’re looking to break into the smartphone arena with a slim entry-level handset at a good price, this deal might just help you pull the trigger. Then again, you could just wait less than a month for the E71x to drop via AT&T at $99 a pop. Yeah, that’s definitely what you should do.

[Via IntoMobile]

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First laptop in Dell’s Adamo line announced at $1,999

Although the release of Dell’s first laptop in the Adamo line isn’t a huge shock thanks to the little tidbit we got earlier, at least we can now say it’s official. Dell has just announced its new dream machine — but it’s going to cost a pretty penny. For $1,999, you get a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive. While you can easily find a decent notebook that packs far more punch than this Adamo model for a fraction of the price, it sure as hell won’t look anywhere near as sexy. The build quality should also be top-notch due to the fact that its chassis is milled and sculpted from a single sheet of aluminum (hmm, a trend that seems to be catching on). Hop to it if you’ve been holding out for one of these because pre-orders start today and deliveries begin March 26. Oh, and don’t forget to hit the jump for a video and the full press release.

ROUND ROCK, Texas, March 17, 2009 – Style-minded people who place a premium on precision craftsmanship and design can now add Adamo to their list of must-have items for 2009. Dell today unveiled the world’s thinnest laptop as a kick off to the new Adamo by Dell brand.

Adamo, derived from the Latin word meaning “to fall in love,” will serve as a flagship in a line of products created to disrupt the personal computing space with the combination of new design, aesthetics, personalization choices and sought-after technologies.

The News:

Adamo is the pinnacle of craftsmanship and design and features:

  • A chassis milled from a single piece of aluminum featuring precision detailing and a scalloped backlit keyboard
  • Striking high definition edge-to-edge glass display
  • Fully connected with WiFi, Bluetooth(tm) and optional integrated mobile broadband* and full complement of connectivity ports with no compromises
  • Cool, quiet and robust solid state drives
  • Available in Onyx and Pearl colors with a broad range of complementary accessories
  • Price starting at $1999

Quotes:

“Great design needs to be timeless and evoke emotion in people”, said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president of Dell’s consumer products. “While a premium computing experience was assumed for Adamo, the intent was for people to see, touch and explore Adamo and be rewarded by the select materials and craftsmanship you would expect in a fine watch.”

“Dell continues to signal a commitment to design and personalization across its entire product line and has made significant strides forward in the past year,” said Rob Enderle, Principal Analyst, Enderle Group. “The Adamo laptop is a showcase for this commitment and a flagship product that will draw buyers to the brand.”

People who choose Adamo will be offered a unique color matched collection of Adamo by Dell branded peripherals and accessories including, in the U.S. an exclusive line of bags from TUMI. Choices will include:

  • External storage option with 250GB** or 500GB** external hard drive.
  • External DVD+/-RW or Blu-ray disc drive.
  • 8GB** USB drive.
  • Connectors and cables including DisplayPort to HDMI, DVI, and VGA.
  • Adamo Premium Service (US Only):
  • 24/7 access to Dell’s best trained technicians
  • Consistent communication with a dedicated personal team

The Adamo by Dell brand is being supported by innovative and new approaches to marketing and promotion for Dell. Designed to challenge people’s perceptions of what a computer is, the Adamo by Dell brand was inspired by fashion, luxury brands and timeless design.

Dell has looked beyond traditional approaches to reaching computer shoppers and launched a provocative campaign featuring:

  • A stylish worldwide print campaign shot by acclaimed British-based photographer Nadav Kandar and featuring high-fashion models that reinforces the “fall in love” positioning. Kander, whose work is celebrated in galleries worldwide, also shot the moving portfolio, “Obama’s People,” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine earlier this year.
  • AdamoByDell.com , the centerpiece of the campaign and a highly stylized site where viewers can learn about Adamo, register for updates and, beginning today, place orders. Since its launch last month, AdamoByDell.com has attracted nearly 800,000 unique visitors from around the world and more than 1 million page views.
  • Artful packaging in which the product arrives “floating” in a clear box with minimal clutter – a beautiful experience for a sophisticated product.
  • Product Specifications:
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo processors with Intel® Centrino ® technology
  • DDR3 system memory
  • 13.4-inch 16:9 HD display
  • Draft-Wireless N
  • High-performance solid state drives standard
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Mobile Broadband* option
  • Up to 5+ hours of battery life (preliminary)***
  • 2 USB ports, 1 USB/eSATA combo port, Display Port, RJ-45 port
  • Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-bit

Available for pre-order today at www.adamobydell.com and shipping worldwide starting March 26, 2009, Adamo will be available online for purchase in 24 countries including U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, U.K. France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, ANZ, China, Honk Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia/Singapore, Japan, and Indonesia.

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Dell to launch the Adamo tomorrow?

A sponsored advertisement on Google’s Ireland website may have inadvertently leaked the release date for the much hyped Dell Adamo. The sponsored link for Dell Adamo promises that we can “Discover the love story on 17/3″ and sends the user to Dell’s Adamo splash page. Sure this could be another slick marketing ploy but it could mean we’re all in for a treat tomorrow — a very expensive treat. We must admit that a St. Patrick’s Day launch revealed by an Irish website sounds delightfully ironic, doesn’t it? Maybe Dell will even launch a special model in green to go along with all the green beer that will be flowing. No? Ok, probably not.

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Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook now available to order, officially

After a rocky start that is becoming increasingly common for the company, Dell has now officially made its new Mini 10 netbook available for order. The snazzy little netbook first appeared on the site for pre-order a few days ago, then it became available for order, then the pricing changed a few times, etc. All of the wrinkles have seemingly been ironed out now however, and Dell’s newest Mini is available at the proper (and reasonable) starting price of $399. So what does $399 get you?

  • 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor, 533 MHz FSB, 512K cache
  • Windows XP Home SP3
  • 10.1-inch anti-glare display (1024 x 576)
  • 160 GB 5400 rpm SATA HDD
  • 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Wireless 802.11g (1397) Mini Card
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500 video card
  • 24WHr Lithium-Ion Battery (3-cell)

In a move pretty uncharacteristic of Dell, customization options on the Mini 10 are limited at best. You’ve got a bunch of colors and the option to bump up to a 1.6GHz processor for $50 but beyond that, it is what it is. There is no option for a bigger hard drive or an SSD, no Linux option and perhaps most importantly, no option to toss in more RAM. Remember, word on the street is that there will be no way to add more RAM yourself so tread with caution. Supposedly Dell will be adding a bunch of options later this year (more RAM, Ubuntu, Vista, more hard drives, Bluetooth, GPS, WWAN and a TV tuner) so the early adopter tax is super high – but no where near as high as with the crazies who actually paid the $560 QVC price. Anyone thinking about scooping one up despite all that?

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Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and 12 hitting AT&T stores soon?

We told y’all Verizon wasn’t the only carrier looking to bring us some Netbook love. AT&T has been rumored to be exploring potential options in regards to carrying Netbooks in stores, but have a look at what one of our ninjas dug up. Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. You’re looking at screen shots of AT&T’s internal system showing Dell Inspiron Mini 9’s and 12’s. There is currently no release date nor price point listed, but we’d wager they are going to go for $99 on a 2-year with data card plan just like Verizon. AT&T may even end up beating Verizon here in terms of a launch timeframe. Larger shots after the break!

AT&T Mobility announces Dell’s new smartphone

Thanks to a slip of the tongue during a panel at MWC 2009, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega stated that “Dell announced they’re entering the smartphone market.” Oops. Rumors suggesting Dell is ready to take the plunge and offer up a new smartphone have been circulating for quite some time now, but no such official announcement has come out the Dell camp at MWC thus far. Perhaps this comment by de la Vega is a harbinger of good things to come? Put it this way: Either Dell has something in store for us some time over the next couple of days, or Ralphie needs to lay off the single malts.

UPDATE: del la Vega claims he was misquoted and knows nothing of a Dell smartphone beyond the rumors we’ve all been hearing.

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Dell freshens up Adamo teaser site

There is still a massive shroud of mystery surrounding the upcoming Adamo line of high-end laptops by Dell. The scrappy Texas start up-turned PC giant semi-announced the line last month at CES, showing off a sexy black laptop, saying essentially nothing about it and allowing no one to turn it on. Smooth. Dell just updated its Adamo microsite to include a new Flash layout with links to a bunch of coverage Adamo has received thus far (and one link to a video that has nothing to do with the Adamo), along with a whimsical intro and a few fields where you can sign up for future info. There is still very little known about Dell’s luxury line of inevitably overpriced laptops but from the looks of things we may soon be in store for a new round of details. For the time being however, basic specs, metal cases, spun metal trackpads, backlit keys, high quality materials and luxury-level price tags are the only details you can take to the bank.

Thanks, Rupam and J.C.!

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Dell preparing to release a smartphone affectionately called the MePhone?

Dell smartphone rumors surface again, this time courtesy of the Wall Street Journal. People “familiar with the matter” claim that Dell is poised to jump into the mobile handset market as early as next month. The company has reportedly been working on two prototypes, one a full touchscreen and one a slider that runs either Windows Mobile or Android. Dell’s is rumored to have spent much of last year contacting suppliers, carriers and Asian handset makers in order to prepare for a smartphone release. At the same time the Wall Street Journal published its article, SAI published its own inside information on the Dell smartphone. According to its sources, the Dell smartphone will be known as the “MePhone”, which hopefully is the code name and not the final product name. The Dell phone will focus on customization and is expected to be released on September 9th, 2009 (9/9/09).

Though the idea of a Dell-branded smartphone has been downplayed by Dell in the past, the rumor does have some credence as the company has experience in building mobile devices. The Dell Axim, in particular the X50v and X51v, were groundbreaking when released in 2005/2005 and that line is still widely popular amongst PocketPC enthusiasts even though Dell ceased production almost two years ago. Dell also has Motorola’s Ron Garriques, former head of Motorola mobile handset division, on their smartphone team. Let us also not forget Zing, a encompassing tool to deliver multimedia to your mobile device. Dell also purchased Zing in 2008 and has failed to utilize this asset in any of its devices. What better place for it to be used than on a new smartphone? Though the evidence is compelling, don’t get your hopes up too high as these plans are supposedly tentative and Dell can scrap them at any time. We will have to wait until MWC 2009 or even CTIA to see if Dell makes a surprise appearance and wows us with what we hope will be a stellar offering.

[Via Silicon Alley Insider]

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