Dell confirms Android smartphone launch

After what seems like decades of speculation, Dell has finally confirmed that the company has a mobile phone ready for launch. The Dell Mini 3i Android-based smartphone will be hitting the shelves on China Mobile later this month, while Brazil's Claro network will have it by the end of the year.

Both networks represent a serious numbers game with 42 million users across the Americas on Claro and China Mobile being the largest in the world, and together they provide a vast platform for the Texas computer manufacturer to enter the mobile market.

Details on the handset itself seem to be as speculated, with a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen on a 360 x 640 pixel display. No word as to when or where else in the world it might arrive next but implications in the Dell press release are that the 3i will be part of a larger Dell Mini 3 smartphone series.