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

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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

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posted on 13 Sep 2013, 21:40 4

1. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 02:13 1

2. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

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

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 23:26

11. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

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

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 03:07 2

3. fatexo (Posts: 221; Member since: 21 May 2010)

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

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 06:34 1

4. volcano (Posts: 348; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 08:56

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 09:18

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I miss my streak 5. Hopefully they change their tune as the world goes mobile.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 21:54 2

7. Lyngdoh (Posts: 298; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Dell should consider making an Alienware ultrabook.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 07:52

8. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)

Good point!

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 18:38

9. wk10k (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 22:42

10. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Dell Streak
The phone that crushed the ice.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 07:40

12. leo.d.monkey (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)

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

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