Rumor Mill: Dell close to launching its smartphone

Dell may be readying a launch of a smartphone of its own, perhaps as early as next month at Mobile World Congress, according to a report in Wired.

The report cites several analysts as saying that the smartphone, which has been rumored for more than a year, is closer to becoming a reality than previously thought. In 2007, Dell brought on Ron Garriques, a former Motorola executive who was the driving force behind the handset maker's popular Razr phone. The report also said that Dell would probably choose Windows Mobile as the phone's operating system.

If Dell does decide to jump into the smartphone market, it will find the space crowded, not only with traditional handset makers, but also with new offerings from Apple, Research In Motion and Palm, which recently launched the Palm Pre.

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