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More Dell Thunder details emerge

Dell's highly anticipated Thunder smartphone has found its way to Engadget's headquarters, and they have the details on the rumored device.

The Dell Thunder
The Dell Thunder

New details on the Dell Thunder have cropped up on the Web.

According to Engadget, which secured two Android-based Dell Thunder prototypes, the smartphone is quite impressive. (That is, of course, if it is the device Dell plans to send to store shelves.)

The handset includes solid speakers at the bottom and uses a Micro-USB port to charge. It offers microSD support. And given the inclusion of a SIM card slot, it looks to be ready for GSM carriers. The prototypes that Engadget snagged also include an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash.

Engadget reported that while the curved glass on the display is "awesome," the "LCD panel underneath is not." The publication said that it witnessed distorted images when it didn't view the device head-on. Earlier reports suggested the Thunder would boast an OLED touch display. But according to Engadget, the prototypes it received are just "dim, standard LCDs."

From a performance perspective, the prototypes seem to hold up. Engadget said that the devices run a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. In benchmark testing, the tech blog found that the phones' performance was "slightly weaker" than the Google Nexus One "pre-Froyo."

Engadget was quick to point out that the prototypes it received date back to April, so Dell could have made several changes to the device in the meantime. But it's still nice to get a glimpse into what the PC maker has planned.

Click here to see images and video of the Thunder in action.