MID Market Disappointing

MIDsIntel (s intc) has been madly pushing the Mobile Internet Device (MID) for some time. MIDs are positioned to be cheaper handheld web devices that fall under the UMPC in size and price yet are bigger than smartphones similarly equipped. Intel has been pushing them hard in an effort to sell their low-end processors that are not typically used in other devices.

Sources close to the business state that Intel forecast MID sales of 150,000-200,000 devices since a new processor launched in March but the reality is closer to 30,000. Reasons for the low sales are said to be the poor economy and failure to convince consumers to take on the expensive 3G data plans needed for connectivity.

(via electronista)

Dell’s Smartphone Seems Real This Time!

Dell Computer, (s DELL) a Round Rock, Texas–based computer maker, is looking to enter the smartphone market and is currently toying with phones based on Google’s (s goog) Android and Microsoft’s (s msft) Windows Mobile operating systems, reports the Wall Street Journal. The news confirms rumors first reported last January. Michael Dell, the CEO and founder of Dell, went on to drop some mobile-related hints in an interview with me in July 2008.

When I asked him about the possibility of his company going after the smartphone market — commodity hardware platforms married to industry standard operating systems are Dell’s business -– he danced around the issue. “What you’ve got [are] industry-standard platforms upon which applications are being built and ecosystems are being created, and that kind of building-block architecture gives us all sorts of opportunities,” he said. Given the sharp growth in non-PC devices like smartphones and netbooks, I’m not at all surprised that Dell is chasing both those markets. Read More about Dell’s Smartphone Seems Real This Time!