Welcome to Windows Phone 7, Dell -- it's darn good to see ya

Whoa. We've all been wondering if and when Dell would ever legitimately get back into the smartphone game -- and we've been wondering if we'd ever see a portrait QWERTY phone ever again. Looks like both questions might have been answered in this leak Engadget scored. The Dell Lightning has a 4.1-inch OLED display as a vertical slider, powered by the (now) usual 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon processor. There's also a 5MP camera, 1GB of ROM/512MB of RAM with another 8GB of onboard storage, GPS, accelerometer, compass, FM radio, full Flash video playback, and it'll be GSM, to boot. Oh, and if that's not enough, it might well be upgradable to LTE sometime in 2011. Welcome back, Dell. [Engadget]

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  • Wow, a portrait slider...I like that!
  • Looks really nice! Dell recently has lots of new cool and nice design on all their products. Studio XPS 16, Studio XPS 9000 Desktop, Streak, and now this. This is the best WP7 looking phone out there as of now and I can say between all these phones that are coming this year this is definitly is the best looking phone for sure. So many Windows Phone 7 devices are coming this year and I am sure we will see so many nice phones from HTC, Dell, Asus, etc. So far this is what I am going to get at the end of this year. Now we have to wait and see what HTC will offer...
  • Hardware looks good, but i'm wondering about the practicality of a portait slider with a WVGA screen. The keys won't be much bigger than the onscreen keyboard, unlike with landscape sliders. Also, onboard memory is lacking. i was hoping OEMs would release a couple of a memory configurations per model given the lack of external memory usage. But still, it's nice to see Dell return to the platform, er, to a MS smartphone platform with good-looking hardware. And a 4.1" screen!
  • Some people prefer physical keyboards over virtual ones and, like all physical keyboards, it frees up the screen space that would otherwise be taken up by a virtual keyboard. I'm still hoping hard that, come release time, external storage will be available in addition to at least 8GB internal. It would only help WP7 really. As for the screen, Spongebob = win. :-p
  • Boys and Girls it's my next phone. Good god thanks you dell.
  • Damn, this phone would be perfect with Wimax. Please come to Sprint and steal my heart away from the Evo 4G?
  • Dell in hardware specification clearly said T-Mobile (US and EU) and also AT&T network (Basivally only GSM Networks). So I don't think you see this phone on Sprint or Verizon.
  • Not this phone, obvously, but perhaps a CDMA/4G variant.
  • The interface shown is from the Zune HD's homescreen interface. Windows Phone 7's Zune interface is very different.
    http://www.engadget.com/photos/windows-mobile-7-0/#2710453 The Bing app is the one shown on the iPhone; same user interface:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/184793/bing_gets_an_iphone_app.html The actual Windows Phone 7 app is again, different:
    http://www.engadget.com/photos/windows-phone-7-series-ui-walkthrough-0/#... I'll say this and the Android device are blatant fakes, and Engadget should have been much more objective and responsible.
  • Or dell used anything that looked good for the UI shots? I dunno if it's fake or not, but it looks nice. If it had a landscape KB instead I'd go for it. That and at least 16GB of storage.
  • The phone is mentioned as being a launch Windows phone and supposed to have full flash and silverlight.
    http://www.engadget.com/photos/dell-lightning-the-ultimate-windows-phone... Adobe said Flash isn't coming at launch.
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/14/adobe-confirms-no-flash-in-windows-mo... Then there's the fact that this is being called Windows Mobile 7 instead of Windows Phone 7, and again, it's using an iPhone screen for the Bing app and the Zune HD ui for the music app. The slide is dated 3/30/2010. Windows Phone 7 was unveiled at Barcelona on 2/15/2010. Why does this 'leak' that was supposedly made after the unveling, use what looks 'good' in favor of what's accurate? People seriously don't think this is suspicious?
  • Sure they do, but that doesn't stop me from saying it looks good at least. Which it does, and I'd like it even more with a landscape KB and more storage.
  • That, I do agree with. I do want wp7 in the Palm Pre form factor :)
  • Frankly, I am glad I am not due for a phone upgrade any time soon (I have Sprint) because the forces I pretty much have to wait and see what the phone has better features. Q1 2012 before and I should have a boatload of options from the latest iPhone, Android, Windows 7, or the next Google phone. All products will be atleast 2nd Gen By that time, and probably the easiest decisions, and the reason for the time being I do not know how anyone can choose the phone. It's not a lack of current options, it's just to know that a lot of advantages over the entire phone is right around the corner!
  • likey likey
  • Nice hardware but since it going to be GSM that means not on Verizon so not for me. Too bad.
  • slick! i like this form-factor!
  • I like this a lot.
    Nothing super impressive spec-wise (in relations to the min specs), but it's a unique design and looks nice. It seems really tall though. I wonder how tall this is with the keyboard open??
  • If the screen resolution is 848x480 or similar aspect ratio, like most phones seem to be going to, it'll probably be around 4.5" long closed and 6" long open (if the mic is on the keyboard part, that would actually make right by my mouth, I think).
  • This phone looks absolutely incredible. It's a dream come true, honestly. I am disappointed, however, that this magnificent device will not be available to those on the Sprint 4G network. I pray that, if nothing else, there will be an unlocked model of this beautiful machine.
  • It looks to be one of the first truly different post iPhone smart-phone concepts that