Dell's smartphone nearing release

It seems that 2009 really will be the year of the smartphone. With the Palm Pre, Nokia N97 and the already mooted T–Mobile G2, in the offing, it seems

It seems that 2009 really will be the year of the smartphone. With the Palm Pre, Nokia N97 and the already mooted T–Mobile G2, in the offing, it seems Dell is also set to release its much–hyped smartphone sooner than expected.

Electronista has word from controversial analyst Shaw Wu which places the mobile "closer to reality" after two years of rumours and planning. While there's no launch window, Dell could easily use February's Mobile World Congress to unveil their latest effort.

The suggestion is Dell would not make their own new OS, a la Palm and Apple, instead opting for the new Windows Mobile 7 instead.

We'll be at Mobile World Congress, so stay tuned for news as we get it.