A Dell smartphone going by the name of Venue has passed through the hallowed halls of the FCC, and due to the lack of a ‘Pro’ tacked onto the end, Engadget’s Chris Ziegler is speculating this may be the Dell Thunder Android handset that has been floating around for the last few months. As is usually the case with pre-release (and unannounced) hardware, the FCC has been asked to keep all identifying photos confidential for 180 days from the filing date, but a picture of the label plus a mention of the model name and number (V03B) might be just enough to go on. After all, we had already heard that Dell was planning an Android version of the Dell Venue Pro, so Dell Venue would seemingly be a fitting name for the keyboard-less version of that model.
Like the Venue Pro, the Thunder is expected to sport a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU along with a 4.1-inch WVGA screen of the AMOLED variety. Unlike the V Pro, however, which is currently only scheduled for an AT&T release in the US, the Thunder is rumored to be hitting both T-Mobile and one or both of the CDMA carriers (Verizon and Sprint); plus, the FCC documents for the Venue show support for WCDMA Bands II and V, which means that it is compatible with AT&T’s 3G network.