HP triples its share of handheld market

HP Middle East has tripled its market share for handheld devices over the past three months. Worldwide the company has doubled its unit sales of handhelds over the past year, thanks in part to the introduction of a number of Pocket PC models targeted at consumers.

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By  Peter Branton Published  December 17, 2003

HP Middle East has tripled its market share for handheld devices over the past three months. Worldwide the company has doubled its unit sales of handhelds over the past year, thanks in part to the introduction of a number of Pocket PC models targeted at consumers.
HP said its figures are based on research from analyst firm IDC, and that it recorded a 100.3% unit sales increase year-on-year, with 52.5% growth from Q2 to Q3.
"Customers responded loud and clear to HP's broad handheld product portfolio which not only helped HP lead the worldwide growth with a 52.5 percent sequential gain, but also made us the biggest contributor to taking the overall handheld market into positive sequential growth for the first time since Q4 2002," said Ted Clark, vice president handhelds, Mobile Computing Global Business Unit, HP. "HP surpassed industry expectations, with quarter-over-quarter market share jumping from 17.6 to 24.5 percent. That growth helped us further solidify our strong No. 2 position in handhelds."
"In the Middle East, HP's full line of revolutionary iPAC Pocket PCs, launched in August has more than tripled our marketshare since Q302. We are pleased to announce excellent wins across key industries in the region including lucrative contracts with Unilever Mashreq in Egypt and the Intercontinental Hotel in Riyadh," confirmed Christoph Schell, General Manager, Personal Systems Group, HP Middle East.
In August, HP Middle East introduced five new iPAQ Pocket PC models, including models targeted at the consumer market. HP was also the first major Pocket PC vendor to successfully ship Windows Mobile 2003 upgrade software for Pocket PC.

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