RUMOUR HAS IT, Dell is developing a pocket Web gadget which would run on ARM chips, sport Google's Android platform and look like an Ipod Touch.
Justin Scheck of the Wall Street Journal reckons he knows of two people who claim to have seen early prototypes of the rumoured gizmo, which he says should go on sale by the end of the year.
When the INQ contacted Dell, we were told it was "just speculation, so nothing to confirm", however, sources close to the world's second largest PC maker had a rather more entertaining statement for us.
"I heard that it is being developed in partnership with the skunk works team at Wayne Enterprises," said an industry source in the know. "Batman himself has a prototype and is using it to eviscerate villains," he added.
Apparently Wayne Enterprises won it in a competitive bid with Stark Industries when it was learned that Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, was going to incorporate a laser into it. "The dual-touch screen was deemed too sensitive to be directly linked to a deadly weapon. Can you imagine the butt blasts that might happen? Pocket calls are one thing, but sheesh!" said our Dell deep throat.
In all seriousness though, Scheck's story pretty much says that a source told him a Dell pocket web gadget is either going to happen, or the design is going to change, or it's not going to happen. Thanks for the news Justin. Very concrete. Or as our source puts it; "At least my take on it is more fun." µ