Rumours are circulating that one of the largest makers of PCs in the world, Dell, is about to launch its own smartphone, possibly based upon the Android operating system (conflicting observers say that Windows might be more likely due to Dell's strong Microsoft connections in the PC business).
Some reports say a likely release date may be as soon as next month.
"The exact timing of Dell's launch is not clear but our sources indicate it is closer to reality than before," said Shaw Wu, an analyst with Kaufman Bros. in a research note to the Wired website. "We believe it is likely inevitable that Dell enter the cellphone space given the cannibalization of PCs by smartphones and highly functional mobile devices."
And the reason it may enter the market? Smartphones are one of the fastest growing consumer technology devices in the world. A total of 258 million devices were sold last year. That's expected to rise to 725 million this year.
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