Dell Bringing Mini 3i Android Smartphone To US?

We knew Dell's Mini 3i Android-based smartphone would be coming to China, but now Crunchgear hears that Dell might bring an altered version of the device to the States.

The Chinese version of the phone was simply not fit for the US market, lacking 3G and Wi-Fi, but according to a tipster, Dell will change some of the internals before it debuts in America. The tipster specifically names an improved camera (5MP, up from 3MP) but we'll assume that if the rumour is true, it'll also get a bump in the wireless department to 3G. Interestingly, Dell is said to be messing with Android's internals for some reason, making some apps incompatible, though we can't imagine what purpose that would serve other than customer frustration.

The phone is said to be thinner than the iPhone, though with a similar icon list and feels "plasticky, like the Palm Pre", which would be fairly in line with the Chinese model. This is unconfirmed for now, but we'll keep you updated if we hear anything else on Dell's possible entry into the US smartphone arena. [Crunchgear]