Has Dell Thrown in the Towel in the U.S. Smartphone Market?

Dell seems to have admitted defeat, and stopped selling smartphones in the U.S. at least for now. Dell has never been a major player in the smartphone space, and most of its offerings have been duds. It has discontinued sales of its Venue and Venue Pro smartphones, and now has no smartphones available for sale in the U.S. It may continue to sell smartphones in other markets, but may exit even those markets soon.

It may focus on selling mobile devices, including tablets, to enterprise customers. Being one of the largest PC and notebook makers, it has a good chance of capturing market share in the tablet space, with the upcoming Windows 8.

It’s funny how the tables have turned. More than a decade ago, Michael Dell commented that he would shut down an ailing Apple and return money to shareholders, and now Apple is the fastest growing player in the PC and notebook market, and a leader in the exploding smartphone market, while Dell is struggling to compete. Steve Jobs did have the last laugh after all.

Another interesting fact: Apple ($560 billion) is currently worth around 20 times as much as Dell ($28 billion).

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