Dell finally confirmed they’re in the smart phone game today. An official announcement from the PC maker shows them inking partnerships with two of the largest mobile carriers in the world. Starting later this month (November), over 500 million China Mobile customers will be able to get their hands on the Mini 3 smartphone. In Brazil, another 42 million Claro subscribers will an opportunity to grab the device when it goes on sale by the end of this year.
Why would Dell decide to launch their phone overseas? The smartphone market in the US is growing increasingly crowded by the day and Dell’s dreams could be dashed quickly here. Meanwhile, in countries like China, Brazil, and Russia, there is plenty of potential.
This isn’t the first deal between Dell and China Mobile. Earlier this year Dell became the first notebook manufacturer to build China Mobileâ€™s 3G technology into their product line. Reading through the announcement, we see hinting at possible netbooks and MIDs with Android.
Our entry into the smart phone category is a logical extension of Dellâ€™s consumer product evolution over the past two years. We are developing smaller and smarter mobile products that enable our customers to take their internet experience out of the home and do the things they want to do whenever and wherever they want. – Ron Garriques, President, Dell Global Consumer Group
The full set of specs and pricing will be announced over the coming weeks, but it sounds like this is just the start of Dell handsets. “The initial Mini 3 smart phones are designed around the Android platform to best deliver power, flexibility and customization opportunities for both users and carriers.”