Dell announces new smartphone, dubbed “Venue”

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Well, Dell has had its press conference today and its main focus was mobile. And its new product announcements reflect this – and the first one on the table is its new smartphone, the Venue. And we hope it does better than its other smartphone.

The specs, however, look promising. Running on a 1GHz processor and on Android 2.2 (but not 2.3, Dell has had a history of using older versions of Android), it also has an 8-megapixel camera and a high-contrast 4.1-inch AMOLED display that is protected with Gorrila Glass.

It will be running its own skinned version of Android, known as Stage. Dell is touting this as perfect for entertainment, with streaming radio stations and downloading books and music. It will also come with access to the Android Market, so you can add more options.

The company has not released availability or pricing. The press release segment is below, after the jump.

Venue: Your Personal Express Lane to, Well, Everything
The Venue with Android 2.2 is the perfect one-touch, unlocked GSM smartphone providing instant access to everything you love. With its pre-loaded Stage software and 8-megapixel camera, on-the-go students, mobile professionals and active social networkers can quickly capture and share life’s moments with just about anyone.

Elegantly designed, the Venue offers a vibrant, high-contrast 4.1-inch AM-OLED display with curved Corning Gorilla Glass that’s perfect for watching videos to performing business applications. The Venue’s elliptical, slender form factor feels great in your hand and also slips easily into your pocket.

Pre-loaded applications and the Dell Stage user interface make Venue perfect for entertainment. Download the latest tunes and books, or stream radio stations from all over the world with RadioTime. Stage displays your music, your photos, and more, while the 1 GHz processor makes it fly. As with the Dell Streak 7, Venue offers access to thousands of Android Market widgets, games and applications.

In addition to a full array of entertainment features the Venue also comes fully equipped with today’s necessary business features including support for ActiveSync and QuickOffice. The combination of high speed access and Swype for fast text input makes viewing e-mail, editing documents, and surfing the web fast and easy.

The Streak 7 and the Venue smartphone are the latest in a series of distinctive Dell mobility solutions, including the Streak 5 ultimate pocket tablet, the Inspiron duo convertible tablet and the Venue Pro smartphone with its unique sliding vertical QWERTY keypad.

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