Dell looks to be eyeing handhelds and smartphones

axim According to a DigiTimes article, Dell “may team up with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to develop Windows Mobile-based handheld devices.”

The company hired Ron Garriques away from Motorola last year, which led many to speculate that something like this was in the works. It’s thought that Dell’s been ramping up for a stronger push into the mobile device arena in response to Acer’s recent acquisition of E-Ten.

You may recall that Dell bowed out of the PDA game almost a year ago due to lack of consumer interest in handheld devices that didn’t also make phone calls. Look for it to re-enter the marketplace with “GPS PDAs and smartphones,” if DigiTimes’ sources are correct.

Dell reportedly plans to resume handheld device business [DigiTimes]