[Interview] Dell is Committed to PC Business: GM, Dell India

According to IDC, Dell is the number one PC vendor in the consumer, small & medium business, as well as the enterprise space. Dell has channel presence across hundreds of cities and sells at thousands of retail outlets across the country. Apart from a variety of product lines to suit diverse customers, the after-sales support options from Dell has garnered several fans and loyalists, including me.

Last week I met Mahesh Bhalla, Executive Director and General Manager (Consumer & SMB) at Dell India. We talked about Dell’s business in India, the revolution in devices and form factors, and Dell’s newest line of business the mobile phones.

  • Dell is fully committed to the PC business. The high-volume business is tricky, which is why HP recently announced that they are looking to spin-off their PC business
  • Mahesh dismisses the myth that to succeed in Indian market, one has to sell the product at the cheapest. Dell’s number one status testifies this assertion since Dell prices it products higher than the regional industry average.
  • Dell succeeds in getting positive mindshare on basis of support options since it builds those with an astute understanding of the local market. In India, on-site service is the best option. Dell provides on-site service in 650 cities
  • There are a variety of form factors in the market at this moment. After a certain time, the market would crystallize. One can always give choice to customers, but too many choices add to costs.
  • Dell has been in mobile business for less than a year, and is working to improve the distribution channels and also offer different form factors and device options.

Dell Venue Pro Launched In India For Rs.34,990

Dell recently launched the Windows Phone 7 powered Dell Venue Pro in India. This handset is the Dell’s first smartphone powered by the new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Dell Venue Pro allows you to access more than 8,000 apps. This handset competes with other Windows Phone 7 devices such as the HTC HD7 and HTC Mozart in India. It comes with a 4.1 inch AMOLED display and a vertical QWERTY keypad. Check out the complete specs below.

Commenting on the launch, Swapnil Shinde, fashion designer said, As a fashion designer, I believe that being able to merge design with function is the key element to a successful collection, something that Dell has managed to do with its latest smartphones. People are looking for designs that can be taken from the workplace to any social setting and the sleek lines and unique elliptical shapes on these phones are innovative and visually appealing. I look forward to featuring these phones in my new collection at Bangalore Fashion Week.

Gurdeep Singh, COO, Aircel, said, Aircel is delighted to enter into a Preferred Partnership with Dell wherein Dell customers will enjoy exclusive data plans, PocketApps store and a rich bouquet of content and value added services. This alliance reinforces our drive to grow Smart Device penetration on our Smart Network.

Dell Venue Pro features a 4.1 inch WVGA AMOLED capacitive, multi-touch display with Gorilla Glass, 1GHz processor, Windows Phone 7 operating system, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Internet Explorer Mobile, Bing Search, A-GPS with Bing Maps, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0, G-sensor, e-compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, FM radio, micro USB and a 1400 mAh battery.

Currently, Dell Venue Pro is the costliest Windows Phone 7 powered handset in India. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.34,990. You can easily purchase this handset from authorized Dell mobile resellers across India. Aircel customers will get 1 GB of free data for 12 months, 2190 minutes of talk time and 7300 free SMS, with the purchase of this handset.

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Dell Venue Pro Priced at $150; Ships on December 14

Almost all the devices announced at the Windows Phone 7 launch have been released, with the exception of the Dell Venue Pro. When it was first announced, the Venue Pro was captured a lot of attention, thanks to its vertical QWERTY slider design, gorgeous display and great hardware specs. However, some things are just not meant to be true.

There were no further announcements by either Dell or Microsoft, about the release details of the Venue Pro. Surprisingly, it made an appearance on Dell’s website yesterday before it was taken down.

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It will be priced at $500 without a contract and at $150 witha 2 year T-Mobile contract. The preliminary shipping date is said to be December 14, so you should probably get it before Christmas if you order it now.

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Dell Venue Pro Coming to Microsoft Stores on November 8, Dell Online on November 15

The Dell Venue Pro is one of the most anticipated Windows Phone 7 devices in 2010. While details of most of the other Windows Phone 7 devices have been out for quite some time, we didn’t have any solid information about the release date of the Dell Venue Pro.

It seems that the wait for the Dell Venue Pro may finally be over. Apparently, Microsoft will launch the Dell Venue Pro at its retail stores on November 8. It may also be made available on Microsoft’s website.

Dell will start selling the Venue Pro online at Dell.com on November 15. I’m eagerly awaiting the launch of the Venue Pro, are you?

You can check out the detailed specifications of the Dell Venue Pro here – Dell Venue Pro

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Dell Offering The New Venue Pro To Employees For Their Blackberrys

All major tech companies like their employees using their own products instead of their competitors’. Google, Microsoft and Samsung have been known to distribute free phones to their employees as perks.

Dell is now offering to replace its employees’ Blackberrys with brand new Dell Venue Pro phones, powered by Windows Phone 7. The Dell Venue Pro directly competes with the Blackberry Torch, so this move is not entirely out of the blue. Approximately 25000 Dell employees will soon be making the switch.

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Dell also plans to provide devices like the Dell Streak, powered by Android to its employees. According to Brian Gladden, Dell’s CFO, the move will save them about 25% in mobile communication costs, by eliminating the need to maintain Blackberry servers.

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Dell Working On An Android Version Of Venue Pro

Folks over at PC World report that Dell is working on an Android version of the Dell Venue Pro handset. The Dell Venue Pro sports a full portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 4.1-inch WVGA display. The Venue Pro sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera as well.Dell_Venue_Pro

The early hands-on review of the device from Engadget and other popular tech blogs suggest that the phone has a pretty darn good QWERTY keyboard. The Dell Venue Pro runs on the WP7 OS from Microsoft. The handset was announced by Microsoft and Dell two weeks ago and will hit the retail stores in two weeks from now. The handset is available on Amazon.co.uk for pre-order for £499.99/$696.

As of now, Dell only has one Android handset the Streak. The Android version of Venue Pro will be a worthy addition to Dell’s line-up of Android handsets.

Via – PC World

Mobile Mondays | Windows Phone 7 Launched, Nokia Announces C5-03 And More

Mobile Monday is back with a bang! Welcome to the first edition of the new Mobile Mondays. This week we saw the launch of Windows Phone 7 and nine Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones. Apart from that two amazing smartphones, Nokia N8 and BlackBerry Torch was launched in India. Angry Bird, the popular game for iPhone was released for Android and withing 24 hours, the game was downloaded 1 million times. Lets start the first edition of Mobile Mondays with some interesting news, views and related stuffs.

New Handsets:

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HTC:

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This week HTC launched 5 new Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone – HTC 7 Surround, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC Mozart. The HTC Surround features a 3.8 inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and more. It also has an integrated stereo speakers, Dolby Mobile, SRS Surround Sound and audience noise suppression. HTC HD7 comes with a 4.3 inch TFT touchscreen display, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording and so on.

Samsung:

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Samsung announced 2 Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones and launched 3 Bada OS powered smartphone in Russia. Samsung unveiled Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Focus and Samsung Omnia 7. In Russia, Samsung launched Bada OS powered Samsung Wave 525, Samsung Wave 575 and Samsung Wave 533.

LG:

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LG also launched 2 Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones – LG Optimus 7 and LG Quantum. Both the handset comes with a 5 megapixel cameras with autofocus and LED flash, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16 GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, A-GPS and much more. The LG Optimus 7 comes with a 3.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display while the LG Quantum features a 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Nokia:

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This week Nokia announced a new budget touchscreen phone, the Nokia C5-03. It features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, Symbian S60v5 OS, 5 megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, music player, stereo FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, 40MB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 2GB microSD card included 4.5 hours of talktime on 3G, 25 days of stand-by time and 1000 mAH battery. Nokia also launched N8, the much awaited smartphone in India. It comes with a price tag of Rs.26,259.

Handset Of The Week – BlackBerry Torch 9800:

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BlackBerry Torch is the first handset which runs on the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and the first handset to feature the combination of a full touch screen display with an iconic BlackBerry keyboard. It comes with a 3.2 inch touch screen display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 2X digital zoom, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 4 GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps, up to 30 hours music playback, up to 18 days Standby Time, up to 5.5 hours talk-time and 1300 mAHr lithium-ion battery.

Video Of The Week – Cell Phone Bacteria:

Dell Launches the Dell Venue Pro: WP7 Powered QWERTY Slider

Along with the LG Optimus 7, Optimus 7Q and the HTC HD7, there was an unexpected launch at the Windows Phone 7 launch event by Microsoft in New York.

Dell unveiled the Dell Venue Pro, previously known as the Dell Lightning. It is one of the best new Windows Phone 7 phones and sports some killer hardware. It has a vertical QWERTY sliding keyboard and a 4.1 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

It will run Windows Phone 7 and has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor with 512 MB RAM. It offers 8 GB internal storage and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.

It also has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and comes with 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS.

From the looks of it, it seems to be a Blackberry Torch killer. No details on the pricing or availability are out yet.

Dell Venue Pro

Microsoft Announces Nine New WP7 Based Handsets

Microsoft’s WP7 event just got over and the company has announced nine new WP7 based handsets for the holiday season. These nine handsets are slated to launch Microsoft’s assault on iOS and Android in more than 30 countries worldwide. These nine handsets will be available in selected European and Asian markets by October 21. WP7

“We have a beautiful line up in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience – one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.”

Of the nine phones announced today, HTC leads the pack with 4 handsets HTC 7 Surround, HD7, 7 Trophy, Mozart – while LG (Optimus 7 and Quantum) and Samsung (Omnia 7 and Focus)   jointly share the second sport with Dell coming filling in the last slot with its Venue Pro.

Users can get more information about all the nine WP7 handsets announced from Microsoft here