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Dell Lightning strikes with Windows Phone 7

Dell Lightning leaked - Photo: engadget

Not particularly impressed with the Dell Mini 3i? Don’t really want anything to do with the Dell Streak series? That doesn’t mean that the giant computer maker isn’t going to go after your smartphone dollars with yet another offering. In a very exciting move, it seems that we could be getting our hands on the Dell Lightning smartphone.

While the hardware looks pretty slick (and I’ll get into that a little further in just a moment), the real news is that this will be powered by Windows Phone 7. Windows Mobile has really fallen into the background these last couple of years, getting overshadowed by the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android (and even webOS from Palm to an extent), so this could be a major boon for Microsoft.

The Dell Lightning is one classy-looking phone. Based on the rumors, that’s a 4.1-inch WVGA OLED touchscreen display, going bigger and prettier than that other phone from Cupertino. It’s busting out the speed with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM to boot. And yes, it supports Flash too.

In addition to that giant touchscreen, the Dell Lightning also has a portrait-style slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This is similar in style to the Palm Pre, but an entirely different look. Rounding out the features are 8GB memory, GPS, FM, WiFi, 3G, and an accelerometer.

From what I hear, Dell plans on launching the Lightning smartphone with both AT&T and T-Mobile around the fourth quarter of this year. They’re working on an LTE version too, apparently, so that’s pretty hot too. Either way, this sure beats the non-smartphoneness of the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two in my books.

Photos courtesy Engadget.

Dell Lightning Photos Leaked

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