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Confirming what has been swirling around the rumor mill for what seems like an eternity, Michael Dell said yesterday that Dell Computers will be launching an Android-powered smartphone to U.S. markets sometime next year.
While a carrier pairing has not yet been announced, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that a Dell Android device would be appearing on AT&T’s network in the new year. Earlier rumors surrounding Dell’s entrance into the smartphone market pegged a release in the early months of 2010.
Back in August, Dell’s Mini 3i Android-powered smartphone made its first appearance in China. Although specifications for Dell’s U.S. Android device aren’t likely to be officially outed anytime soon, the smartphone’s hardware will almost surely take some significant departures from its Chinese counterpart that is lacking both 3G and WiFi.