Dell May Launch Smartphone

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 29, 2009 9:42 PM CST

(Newser) – Dell is considering a move into the smartphone business, the Wall Street Journal reports. The computer company has had engineers working on models for more than a year and could launch a competitor to the iPhone or Blackberry as early as next month. CEO Michael Dell also could pull the plug on the project, which remains officially under wraps.

One possible model is similar to the iPhone in that it has a touchscreen but no keyboard, sources tell the Journal. Another is a slider phone with a keyboard. Michael Dell has been exploring new markets for the struggling company, which was the world's largest PC maker as recently as two years ago. He's hired at least two phone experts from Motorola since returning to the company in 2007.

Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell, adjusts his headphones during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Employees walk past the Dell headquarters building, Wednesday, May 30, 2007, in Round Rock, Texas.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Dell CEO Michael Dell speaks at Oracle Open World conference in San Francisco, in this Nov. 14, 2007 photo.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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