Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dell moves closer to the handheld market

At a March 24, 2009 speech in Tokyo, Michael Dell announced that his company is "...exploring smaller-screen devices. We don't have any announcements to share today, but stay tuned as when we have new news we will share that with you." Their laptops and notebooks have been shipping with 3G radios for the past three years, and it's a reasonably understandable path from small-form PCs to smartphones and handheld devices. Along those lines, an acquisition of Palm wouldn't be out of the question.

I can certainly understand why Dell would want to get into the handheld business. They bring brand recognition and a fairly strong reputation to the table, along with firm grasp of what it takes to build hardware at a low cost.

Nevertheless, it will be very challenging to displace the BlackBerry and the iPhone, even at a relative discount.

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Read more at ComputerWorld: Michael Dell hints at smartphones, mobile Internet devices

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