Dell to resurrect its handheld business

Although it dabbled in portable music players and personal digital assistants at one point, Dell has since given up on those markets, preferring instead to focus on its strengths—PCs, servers, and peripherals. However, a story by DigiTimes suggests the company could soon resurrect its handheld business.

DigiTimes quotes Taiwanese sources as saying Dell is likely to team up with Foxconn Electronics to produce Windows Mobile-based handheld devices like smart phones and GPS PDAs. The move could be a response to Acer’s buyout of Taiwan-based smart phone manufacturer E-Ten Information Systems, DigiTimes adds. Right now, Acer is the number three PC vendor on the global scale behind Dell and HP, so such a reaction might make sense.

As further evidence of Dell’s aspirations, DigiTimes mentions that Dell hired former Motorola Executive VP Ron Garriques early last year and has been “reorganizing its team for handheld devices” ever since. The Texan PC vendor also discontinued its last PDA, the Axim X51, in April 2007. In preparation for an order from Dell, Foxconn is said to be doing some hiring too—this time from fellow Taiwanese handset manufacturers.

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    • Perezoso
    • 11 years ago

    I was expecting the resurrection of the Dell DJ Ditty.

    §[< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyZJl3hc6hw<]§ /shudders

    • DrDillyBar
    • 11 years ago

    If they resurrect this line of products, I hope they fix the problems they had with the original Axim, namely the fact that they couldn’t be repaired really, and were eating a huge expense shipping out replacements.

    • emi25
    • 11 years ago

    Google Android plus nvidia plus GPS = killer

    Edit: plus WiFi and Skype.
    2-3 megapixel camera, microSD card, and access from the WiFi network, like a NAS.

      • Pax-UX
      • 11 years ago

      Yeap this has got be phone based after Dell saw the iPhone in action… “Easy money, easily copyed”. Normal PDAs are at an end with things like the Eee pc

    • titan
    • 11 years ago

    My dad will be very happy if they bring back their PDA line up.

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 11 years ago

    Zune 80 going strong here….we dont need a -[

    • PRIME1
    • 11 years ago

    I was looking for something with more substance than an iPod.

    Also something that won’t cost and arm, leg and kidney.

    • MattMojo
    • 11 years ago

    My Axim x51v is still a very used device in my arsenal (when I am out and about) —- now if they tie this bad boy with built-in cell phone/evdo abilities I will buy one for sure.

    Dell Axims have been based on Intel processors in the past — it will be interesting to see if they go with something like the Atom or nVidia’s offering. ether way it must have 3D abilities if it is to keep pace with Apple and for me to jump off of my Samsung I760.

    Mojo

    • PRIME1
    • 11 years ago

    I really like my Axim. So I look forward to what they put out next. Hopefully a Zune killer.

      • jinjuku
      • 11 years ago

      Way to aim high, a Zune killer. I guess the iPod is out of reach…

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