Dell shuns West for smartphone launch

The days of Yanks and Brits getting their paws on the latest kit first could be fading. Dell has confirmed that its first smartphone, the Mini 3, will

The days of Yanks and Brits getting their paws on the latest kit first could be fading. Dell has confirmed that its first smartphone, the Mini 3, will be debut in China in November, launch in Brazil by Christmas and appear in the US and UK, er, sometime. Possibly.

The 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreened Android handset doesn't exactly have a cutting edge spec - it's just a 2.5G GSM device and (like most Chinese phones) lacks Wi-Fi. It will get Bluetooth 2.0, a 3MP camera and A-GPS, though, and promises to be priced at a fraction of the iPhone.

Developing nations will account for virtually all the new mobile phone users in years to come, with customers there increasingly seeking higher tech handsets. If it's successful, the Mini 3 could give Dell and Android a headstart in markets that are still enjoying double digital growth, unlike the handset-saturated West.

Google shouldn't get too back-slappy just yet, though. Dell's US press release today was quick to point out that only "the initial Mini 3 smart phones" are designed around the Android platform.