Dell wants a slice of the smartphone cake

US computer giant Dell is expected to launch smartphones, competing with iPhone and Blackberry, in February in a move to find new sources of revenue as its core business of PCs is slowing down, according to the Wall Street Journal.


REUTERS - Dell Inc is planning a foray into the cellphone market as early as next month, hoping to revitalize a business walloped by crumbling PC sales but potentially pitting the firm against Apple, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The world's No. 2 maker of PCs, which has been designing prototypes for over a year, is focusing on smartphones -- the class of devices that encompasses Apple's iPhone and Research in Motion's Blackberry, the newspaper cited people familiar with the matter as saying.

The phones will be based on Google's Android operating system and Microsoft's Windows Mobile software, it said. One model will even feature a touchscreen, not unlike the iPhone's, the Journal reported.

However, Dell has not finalized its plans and may still abandon them, the Journal added.

Dell spokesmen declined to comment.

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