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Dell to release its own line of smartphones

Company confirms entry into lucrative smartphone market with Dell Mini 3 debut in China

Dell to release its own line of smartphones
Dell Mini 3 smartphones will be sold in China by late November this year.

Dell has sashayed into the smartphone business with Mini 3 handsets making a debut in China later this month, officially ending months of rumours and speculation about the firm's intentions to diversify.

The Dell Mini 3 smartphones will be distributed through China Mobile in the country by late November and through Claro in Brazil before the end of 2009. However no plans for launches in other countries have been revealed as yet.

"Our entry into the smart phone category is a logical extension of Dell's consumer product evolution over the past two years," said Ron Garriques, president, Dell Global Consumer Group. "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."

Features of the model were not made available, with Dell only stating that it will be powered by the Google Android platform and that details would be announced on a partner-by-partner basis. This suggests that the firm is tailoring specifications to suit the needs of the market in which it's being sold.

Dell is the latest PC and laptop manufacturer to enter the lucrative smartphone business after Acer announced a new line-up of smartphones earlier this year.

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