earlier announcement to leave the PDA market already kind of obsolete
because Dell might come back with a smartphone later this year? Could be, since DigiTimes reports today, that Quanta Computer (which is also manufacturing the
O2 Xda Atom-line) is developing a smartphone for Dell and the new model is
expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.
DigiTimes sources claimed, that the Dell PDA handset project - codenamed "Fly" -
will develop a model using the Windows Mobile 6 Professional platform (formerly
known as Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition so it's a PDA with touch screen
and inbuilt WAN connectivity) and supporting HSDPA. It probably will feature a
QWERTY keyboard, though feature details have yet to be determined, the sources
Quanta, which is the biggest notebook supplier for Dell, is actively
developing products for the PDA handset and 3G phone market, and it currently
supplies handsets for Hewlett Packard (HP) and O2. Although the size of Quanta's
handset business is smaller than HTC's, its position as an ODM without its
own-brand business or collaboration with telecom carriers has allowed it to win
the Dell PDA handset project, the sources commented.
If this turns out to be true, it would be an interesting move by first
announcing the end of the Axim PDA-line just to come return 9 months later with
a smartphone. Time will tell.
Cheers ~ Arne