Michael Dell Says He Isn't Interested in Producing Phones
September 13, 2013 9:01 PM
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Dell is aggressively targeting the tablet market, but it will leave phones to others
a successful shareholder vote
financing help from Microsoft
) among others, Michael Dell finally has the leverage he needs to take his company private. While he'll still have private investors to answer to, and will still have to solve
his company's dramatic slide in the PC market
, he will at least be able to
tackle these issues without being over scrutinized
by the media.
Michael Dell, in an interview with
on Friday morning, said, "[Going private] will open an exciting new chapter [for Dell and its customers]."
Going ahead, he says his company will focus on five key goals:
Improving enterprise hardware/software offerings
Expanded sales capacity
Targeting emerging markets
Improving buyer experiences
Building better PCs/tablets
Dell showed off a bit of its strategy for that final point at the
2013 Intel Developer Forum
(2013 IDF) this week,
teasing at the upcoming Dell Venue tablet line
, based on Intel Corp.'s (
Notably not on the list are "smartphones". Dell has played with the segment in the past, launching the Dell Aero -- a budget Android model in early 2010 -- followed by the fancier
Dell Venue Pro
(Windows Phone 7) later this year. But none of these phones achieved major sales success, and by mid-2012 Dell had quietly pulled the plug on this fledgling project.
While better looking, the Dell Venue Pro did not produce sufficient sales for Dell to continue the expensive business of smartphone development.
On Friday Michael Dell quashed any hopes of a Dell smartphone comeback, while vowing that his company would deliver great mobile product in other segments like tablets.
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RE: has anyone seen one of these in the wild?
9/14/2013 9:55:33 AM
Making "enterprise class" smartphones sounds like a one way ticket to obsolescence and profit-loss. Especially with BYOD (bring your own device) being the prevailing policy for most companies anyway. Because nobody wants to juggle one phone for work, and one phone for personal use.
(although Samsung has tried and failed with their GSIII-esque WP8 offering)
That's because nobody wanted a Windows Phone. The devices themselves have been fine.
If Samsung couldn't pull it off, as you say, what possible hope in Hell does Dell have in doing so?
RE: has anyone seen one of these in the wild?
9/14/2013 12:17:42 PM
While I wouldn't say that Dell does have a chance, because I don't think they do, Samsung isn't really interested in selling Win Phone. It's very likely the only reason they're still doing it is the same reason HTC is still doing it. It's so that Microsoft doesn't charge them the full licensing fee they're charging other Android phone makers who aren't making Win Phone. In HTC's case, they're too small, and are doing too poorly to afford it, and in the case of Samsung, they're probably saving more this way than their total costs for producing the very small number of Win Phone's that they are, so they come out ahead of the game.
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