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Dell and Baidu teaming up for tablets, phones

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 06 Sep 2011 2:36

Dell and Baidu teaming up for tablets, phones Dell and Chinese search engine Baidu have announced this week that they will team up for upcoming phones and tablets, looking to break into the Chinese market currently led by Apple and Lenovo.
China has 900 million mobile phone subscribers, the most in the world by far, and tablet sales have continued to increase in the nation.

Some analysts believe the deal is nothing more than a publicity stunt, however. Says Michael Clendenin, managing director of technology consultancy RedTech Advisors:

I suspect this is just Dell, who has a lot of problems on the mobile and tablet front, grasping at straws to get any kind of publicity that it can to make its product more attractive. Ultimately in China, I still think it is Apple's game, still for the iPad and iPhone.

The devices could come as early as November, reported Chinese papers.

In early 2009, Dell announced smartphones that would launch first in China before ever hitting the U.S. The devices have been marginally successful.

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