The highly-touted Dell Android mobile phone looks likely to go on sale in the US next year, suggesting that a UK release could also be imminent.
Chinese consumers have been able to buy the Mini 3i, also known as the oPhone, for months, but thus far the company has been tight-lipped over plans to extend its market reach.
However, according to an unnamed source cited by the Wall Street Journal, the handset has been approved by the US carrier AT&T and has been penciled in for launch next year.
Andrew Bowins, a spokesman for Dell, would not confirm or deny the rumours, but did not rule out the phone being given a wider release.
He told the Reuters news agency: "We are deeply engaged with our operator partners around the world to deliver mobile broadband enabled computing devices."
"We haven't announced anything around voice or Android although we continue to explore opportunities in those areas with operators around the world."
Android mobile phones have been some of the biggest selling handsets this year, with sales of the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic both reaching over million units.
Android handsets are expected to become even more popular in months to come with the launch of cheap mobiles, such as the HTC Tattoo.