Dell (DELL.O), the world's No.2 PC brand, plans to enter the lucrative but crowded smartphone market by year-end with an initial rollout in China as it looks for new revenue sources, two analysts said on Tuesday.
The analysts, speaking on condition of anonymity because Dell has not confirmed the plan, said Dell was working on handsets with Chi Mei Communications, an unlisted unit of Taiwan electronics giant Hon Hai (2317.TW), while China-based software maker Red Office is designing the phones' operating system.
Spokesmen from Hon Hai's office in Taiwan and Dell offices in China and Singapore had no comment, but a Red Office spokeswoman confirmed her company was developing an operating system for a smartphone for Dell.
Dell smartphones in China by end of the year
Posted on Wednesday, Apr 15 2009 @ 04:03 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck