Dell Lightning: we're assuming it's fast

A leaked Dell product document has revealed what could be one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices when the new Microsoft OS launches later in the year, and it is a beauty.

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Remember earlier in the week when the fourth-gen iPhone leaked and everyone went crazy trying to guess what Apple has planned? Well, be prepared to forget it all.

(Credit: Engadget)

Engadget has today posted a document outlining Dell's plans to be one of the first to market with a Windows Phone 7 device, and it's a doozy. The document outlines the specs for the as-yet-to-be-confirmed Dell Lightning, a WP7 smartphone with a 4.1-inch OLED touchscreen display, 9GB of storage (from a strange mix of 1GB internal and an 8GB microSD), a WP7-mandatory 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and all the connectivity options you could hope for, including the Wi-Fi 802.11n protocol.

It will also feature something we don't think you'll have seen before, a full QWERTY keyboard under a slider. To be honest, and feel free to disagree, but this keyboard seems like the kind of thing that smartphone lovers will hate, but full points to Dell for trying something new anyway.

If the documents are legit, and they certainly seem that way, we can expect the Lightning in the second-half of the year, no doubt to coincide with the official WP7 launch.

Dell Lightning specs
Specs leaked show an impressive array of hardware. (Credit: Engadget)