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Michael Dell: We WILL Release a Phone

Yesterday reports emerged citing analysts that said Dell’s smartphone was way too boring to attract any carriers and that the company had gone back to the drawing board. Dell Chief, Michael Dell Today gave a speech in Japan and remained confident the company would produce a decent smartphone.

ComputerWorld today reports that Michael Dell strongly hinted that the company is developing a mobile phone at a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

"It is true that we are exploring smaller screen devices," he said. "We don't have any announcements to share today but stay tuned as when we have new news we will share that with you."

While Dell didn’t elaborate or even comment on yesterday’s report about carriers poo-pooing prototypes from his company because they were too bland and didn’t offer anything you couldn’t do with another device, he did say that the company already had deals with carriers for 3G netbooks, adding that it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the company is looking at developing smaller devices or phones in the future. 

"For the last three years we have integrated 3G radios into our notebooks," said Dell. "We already have agreements with many mobile carriers around netbook devices so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect that we would have smaller mobile Internet devices or smartphones in the future."

Dell is already selling its Mini 9 as part of mobile carriers' broadband plans, so a smartphone could just be around the corner -- should the carriers find one to their liking.