Dell is set to release a mobile phone on the Chinese market soon in cooperation with China Mobile, China Mobile released in its developers community website.

According to the information released in the website, Dell, as one of the hand phone suppliers for China Mobile, is to release one mini 3i model handset with OPhone OMS which supports apk,wgt and wdgt.

Meanwhile, a 'source with knowledge of the situation' also told Tech Crunch that Dell is about to launch a mobile phone in China 'in the next day or two'.

Details are sketchy, but the device is rumored to be similar to the iPhone, with a touchscreen.

It is expected to use the Android OS and either China Mobile or China Unicom is believed to be signed up as carrier.

According to Tech Crunch, Dell has been working closely with Google on the development of an Android-powered tablet computer, and the supposed smartphone might be the result of this cooperation.

On the other hand, Reuters in April claimed that Dell was working on a proprietary mobile operating system with China-based software maker Red Office.

The rumor is likely to be true as Michael Dell reportedly stated that the company was working on a device that would sport a small screen. Yet he didn't explain what it should be, as the area includes both smartphones and basic phones, while Internet tablets could also be counted here.

If the rumor turns out to be true, Chinese mobile phone users will have the opportunity to enjoy a device that sports a touch-screen display and which resembles the highly-popular iPhone, with no physical keyboard present in the package.