The oPhone, iMichael Dell Phone – China’s ‘Me Too’ secret weapons
Perhaps ‘me too’ is too harsh an evaluation for the large makers, Lenovo and Dell, two companies who are respective giants in the Windows world. Dell, like Apple, began its life in a garage and now is one of the largest corporations in the world and Lenovo, who took over for IBM in 2005, continue to produce high-quality notebooks and PC’s. So, the groundwork is laid; both companies are great PC makers – if you’re into that sort of thing. But when it comes to sex appeal – perhaps I should rephrase that – or lack of sex appeal, both companies would be better off burning their design books. Dell never shook the garage feel and carbon monoxide appearance from its company, which despite great sales, has yet to make anything which is universally sexy. Lenovo? Their largest shareholder at 27% is the government of China. Not saying that governments cannot be sexy, but the word alone sends shivers of grey down my spine.
There have been whispers of the Dell phone for a long time and reports that it is ready. BGR’s ‘ninjas’ evidently unearthed the below image of the Dell. I’ll admit, it isn’t a bad look for the company at all – in fact, right in line with what I would expect from the PC maker.
China’s 3G market is huge – perhaps this too needs to be rephrased – so enormous that few people can understand its immensity. At over 450 million subscribers to its largest carrier (think on that for a bit), China Mobile, it dwarfs similar markets for dozens of countries put together. So, when the Lenovo oPhone and the iMichael Dellphone are rumoured to ‘tap’ that potential, sexy or not, even a small percentage of the Chinese market could put both manufacturers into a very green limelight.
Apple are in bids with China Mobile’s smaller peer, China Unicom to sell the iPhone. But with the oPhone from Lenovo, a purported iPhone lookalike, the Chinese grey-box maker may finally have the recipe for looks it needs: Apple cloning. Indeed, the OS is nearly so flattering that Apple might be embarrassed to go out similarly clothed.
The other bit of magic which the oPhone has is Android OS which Dell will also be utilising.[via Canada]