As Dell goes private, CEO says it will not try again with smartphones

As Dell goes private, CEO says it will not try again with smartphones
Dell has been out of the smartphone game for a while, and it didn't really have the best run at it when it was designing phones. CEO Michael Dell has finally been able to close the deal to buyout shareholders and make his company private again, and he is excited for the future as a private company. But, that future will not include smartphones, says Dell.

The company's board of directors voted yesterday, and approved Dell's offer which will end up costing him $25 billion to buyout the shareholders and privatize his company once again. Michael Dell says that he is "energized" about the future, but he wants to be clear that smartphones will not be part of the plan. Instead, he says the company will focus on five items: enterprise, expanding sales capacity, emerging markets, PCs and tablets, and providing an "improved customer experience." Dell also wants to really focus on the software side of things, saying that he wants to help consumers to "protect and store" their data from mobile devices in the cloud. 

So, while we shouldn't expect a reboot of the Venue or Venue Pro smartphone, we should expect Dell to continue pushing forward with its tablets and tablet hybrid devices. Unfortunately, Dell wasn't clear on if that means the company will be focusing mostly on Windows, or if there will be an Android tablet in the mix as well. Dell did say that the company "will participate in tablets and all sorts of client devices," so maybe we can expect an Android tablet or two. 

source: CNBC via The Verge



1. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Shame, the Venue Pro was one of the all-time beauties with its curved glass. I could take or leave the keyboard though.

2. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Smart phones are the future. Dell will regret this decision.

11. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Unfortunately, they couldn't gain any traction and the losses are what forced them out of industry.

3. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

I still use my Venue Pro and it still works flawlessly..

4. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

i think they will be back when windowsphone gain a lot of market share

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Finally Dell will be an employee of Microsoft ... :)

7. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Dell should consider making an Alienware ultrabook.

8. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Good point!

9. wk10k

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

i want a new laptop. Dude you're getting a Dell!!

10. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Dell Streak The phone that crushed the ice.

12. leo.d.monkey

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

now they have good windows and android tablets ... it's kind of logic jump smartphones again

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