Though once a major player in the days of Windows Mobile, Dell’s mobile presence has taken a big dive in recent years. Devices like the Venue and Venue Pro have been few and far between, and we were surprised to see the company not make the list as one of Microsoft’s hardware partners for upcoming handsets. More recently, the company pulled the plug on its nearly-smartphone-sized Streak 5 tablet. Just what could Dell be thinking about when it comes to its smartphone strategy? It turns out that its sights are set on one of the biggest markets around, as we’ve learned about an agreement to start producing phones for China’s Baidu running the Yi Android-based OS.
China’s certainly big enough to keep Dell busy selling Yi smartphones, so that explains that, but couldn’t Dell release those phones there while coming out with Windows Phone and proper Android models elsewhere? Bloomberg reports that the company is hoping to drive up its smartphone sales figures; it can’t very well do that if we don’t have the chance to buy them!