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Dell Renews Talk of an Own-Label Smartphone

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Dell has resurrected talk of a smartphone at an analysts presentation and confirmed that it is in talks with several operators to launch a range of handsets. There have previously been reports that Dell had already developed a smartphone, but been rebuffed by European and American operators who felt it was a bit clunky compared to other vendors. Chinese operators however were reported to be interested in the handsets.

Ronald Garriques, president of Dell's consumer division, said the company would "work with the top three to four" telecommunications carriers "and see what their needs are".

During the presentation, he reportedly said that he saw opportunities within a range of devices with screen sizes ranging from 4-inches to 12-inches that all work together. Previous reports that Dell is working on Android based phones, and that Android has been ported to netbook computers will be fueled by these plans.

A software firm, Bsquare accidentally let slip recently that it had developed a way to use Adobe Systems video software on "Dell netbooks running Google's Android platform." The company later withdrew the statement and said it had been issued in error. Dell refused to comment on the specifics of the statement, but did confirm that the company is constantly reviewing technology options.

Last July, Dell teamed up with China's Datang Mobile to develop a range of products based on the Chinese 3G standard, TD-SCDMA. The core aspect of the cooperation related to studying the compatibility of the Windows operating system with a 3G data card and Dell computers.

A report earlier this year in the Wall Street Journal said that Dell has had a group of engineers working on the phones for more than a year from an office in the Chicago area.

There have however been concerns expressed that the company's attempt to enter the crowded smartphone market could put pressure on its operating margins.

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