Dell has confirmed it is looking at
‘smaller devices’ as it seeks to enter the mobile phone and device market.
The company’s CEO, Michael Dell,
hinted in a speech in Tokyo
on Tuesday (24 March) that the company is developing a mobile internet device
Dell said: ‘It is true that we are exploring smaller-screen devices. We don't have
any announcements to share today, but stay tuned as when we have new news we
will share that with you.’
The company has admitted that it is
considering acquisitions as an option to expand in the smartphone market. This
week, analysts said that buying smartphone manufacturer Palm could mean a
fast-track for Dell.
Dell said that he is watching the
development of ecosystems that have built up around small mobile devices such
as application stores sold by Google and Apple.
He added: ‘For the last three years, we
have integrated 3G radios into our notebooks, We already have agreements with
many mobile carriers around netbook devices, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to
expect that we would have smaller mobile Internet devices or smartphones in the
Dell declined to comment on a report last
week’s Commercial Times newspaper in Taiwan that Hon Hai Precision
Industry Co., the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronics, had
received an order from Dell Inc. to make smartphones.