Is Dell Preparing A New Smartphone?

With the smartphone segment displaying an appreciable growth rate, rumours are abuzz with the possibility of Dell contemplating to enter into the smartphone domain very soon.

The PC manufacturer, which is struggling hard to fend off constant erosion in its market share for PCs, has reportedly developed prototypes for Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform, with the launch of the handsets is anticipated as early as next month, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal.

Incidentally, rumours about Dell’s venture in smartphone domain have been swirling since the PC maker stopped selling its Axima PDA in 2007, and the commencement of GSMA Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, which is scheduled to be held next month, has further heated up the rumours at the blogosphere.

In addition, Dell’s prior experience in handheld devices, coupled with its 2007 appointment of Ron Garriques, who had served as phone development head at Motorola, have further made the analysts to anticipate company’s entry into smartphone arena.

According to the latest report from WSJ, the number 2 PC manufacturer is developing high-profile handsets featuring the touchscreen display instead of keyboard, similar to that of Apple’s iPhone, while the second device incorporates a slide-out keyboard.