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Dell plans to launch smartphones in China by end of 2009


News by Brian James Kirk on Tuesday April 14, 2009.

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Reuters is reporting that Dell plans to launch smartphones in China by the end of 2009, according to two anonymous analysts. Though Dell did not confirm the rumors, a spokeswoman from China-based software maker Red Office confirmed that the company is designing the phones' operating system for Dell. The analysts said that the roll-out of devices would first occur in China, followed by the United States and Europe.

Of course, rumors have circulated about Dell's smartphone entrance since the beginning of the year. Last month, Goldman Sachs had written in research notes released to clients that Dell is "likely to launch its first Android smartphone in 2Q09."

Late in March, analyst Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros. told Barrons that U.S. network carriers had rejected Dell because its smartphones weren't impressive, or different enough from other smartphones on the market. [via AndroidAuthority]

 

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