iPaq smartphone tipped for region

HP Personal Systems Group (PSG) in EMEA will introduce iPaq-branded slim smartphones in May, aimed at the mobile business market.

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By  Administrator Published  March 21, 2007

HP Personal Systems Group (PSG) in EMEA will introduce iPaq-branded slim smartphones in May, aimed at the mobile business market.

However, HP said the data-centric devices might not find their way to the Middle East for a few months yet, until the market for them had been assessed and localisation issues taken care of.

Eric Cador, senior vice president of HP PSG EMEA, told IT Weekly sister title Windows Middle East: “The way we see it is, you’re going to see a range of iPaqs. Some people want a proper keyboard, others are fine with an SMS keyboard. Some want a large screen, some want small. So basically we’ll have a range of three iPaq form factors — focusing on mobile e-mail first and also doing phone as well.”

The new devices, which reports suggest will be branded as the iPaq 500 series, will sit alongside current PDA form factor iPaq handhelds and run on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system.

Cador said the reason for the delay in launching the iPaq in the Middle East was because HP did not know yet where the product was right for the region.

“We’re at a stage where we know that this product corresponds to a certain number of countries, but we don’t know yet if it’s the right product for the Middle East. So just before localising and introducing it, we’re taking a bit of time to optimise our launch. We’re making these investigations,” he said.

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