A rumor is circulating that Dell intends to phase out its line of traditional handhelds.
However, according to BargainPDA, this doesn’t mean that the company is necessarily going to completely stop making mobile devices.
Instead, it is considering shifting its focus to so-called converged devices, a term some use to describe a range of products with cellular-wireless functionality, whether these be handhelds or smartphones.
This isn’t the first hint that Dell is putting together a smartphone. A product roadmap that was leaked to Brighthand last year indicated that the company intends to release one this summer.
Following the Trends
If Dell really is shifting its focus, it is only following the lead of other companies, who are putting an increasing emphasis on converged devices.
Although Palm, Inc. is still making traditional handhelds, its Treo line of smartphones now makes up more than half of its sales.
HP has also jumped on the smartphone bandwagon with its iPAQ hw6500 and hw6900 series, while Fujitsu-Siemens is expected to release its first converged device later this year.
Wither the Axim X51?
Supposedly, the Axim X51 Series will be the last traditional handhelds offered by Dell.
There will still be available through the end of this year, and Dell’s line of accessories and peripherals for it will be on the market until 2009.