The Dell Streak has only just been released, but we have a full preview of Dell’s next big smartphone set to hit the market. It is called the Dell Thunder and Engadget has managed to obtain a couple of prototype devices before release.
A pre-release hands-on with the upcoming Dell Thunder has uncovered some unique details beyond what’s already been known. Engadget notes that the two prototypes it has both have unusual curved glass screens. The result is “gorgeous” and also has a unique effect that distorts the picture at extreme angles.
Over on their website, they have given us an early review of the device, since it is not expected to release until sometime next year. As with the Dell Streak, the Thunder is another Android device, and is set to ship with Android 2.1, although this could be upgraded to 2.2 closer to release.
The device should sport a 4.1 inch OLED display, 1GHz CPU, an 8 megapixel camera, as well as a Hulu app to boot. While the specs aren’t confirmed, any changes that happen to the Thunder will likely be for the better. The sides of the device are adored with curved chrome, which may be a bit iPhone-like.
Network support is also a surprise. The testing code appears to support use on all North American and major international GSM frequencies. The second of the two phones makes mention of Qualcomm CDMA and also makes references to AWS, though it has yet to be clarified if these are separate references to Sprint/Verizon (CDMA) and T-Mobile (GSM) phones or to possible phones on CDMA carriers like Cricket that also use the AWS band.
The prototypes are also running stock Android 1.6, but we suspect the device will ship with Android 2.2 Froyo pre-installed, seeing as how it is suspected to come with Flash 10.1 support. The UI on the Streak, dubbed the Stage UI, is not over-done, so it won’t be a completely different experience if you’re coming from stock Android.
Based on the last available roadmap, Dell would ship the Thunder to AT&T sometime in the fall.