updated 09:10 am EDT, Mon August 10, 2009
Dell Phone Imminent
Dell's first smartphone could be unveiled within the next 48 hours if a purported source is accurate. The tip, likely coming from Asia, mentions to TechCrunch that the device should be made public for Chinese customers within the next day or two. Information is admitted as "thin," but it's also claimed that sources for Asian product launches have normally been accurate.
Hardware details are unknown, but past leaks have it running Open Mobile System, a government-backed variant of Google Android with custom apps. It would also have a capacitive (finger-oriented) touchscreen and an ARM processor.
Dell has been in talks with multiple carriers outside of China to possibly introduce a phone on their networks, but it's been rumored early this year that the China-only launch was planned only after carriers elsewhere rejected prototypes for being too imitative of phones already on the market. An Internet-only Android handheld is rumored as a stopgap for Western audiences.