Dell may compete with iPhone eventually

Michael Dell, chief executive of Dell Inc., speaks during a news conference in New Delhi August 13, 2008. REUTERS/B Mathur

BOSTON (Reuters) - Dell Inc DELL.O Chief Executive Michael Dell said his company may one day sell a device that competes with Apple Inc's AAPL.O iPhone, though he does not plan to get into that market any time soon.

“I think you will see us with small screen devices,” Dell said on Wednesday at an investment conference in New York when asked if his company was developing smart phones such as Apple’s iPhone, which blends the functions of a mobile phone with those of a personal computer.

“You’ll see us with smaller and smaller devices that have capabilities of the devices you are referring to. Not in the near-term,” he added.

He spoke at the Citi Technology Conference in New York.

Reporting by Jim Finkle