Gateway delays release of handheld

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Gateway delays release of handheld

Gateway has pushed back the release of its first handheld product, which might not surface this year, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

The US company had been scheduled to release the product this month, but a number of "issues" prevented that release, the spokeswoman said, declining to provide specific details.

"Gateway wants to do this right, and there are a few technical details it wanted to work out. The company missed the launch window, and it made more sense to focus on other mobile products through the rest of the year," she said.

The spokeswoman declined to say when the handheld would appear, only that it was "delayed indefinitely". Gateway has already missed the back-to-school shopping season, and is likely to miss the even more important fourth-quarter holiday season with the delay.

Gateway had planned to release a handheld device based on Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 2003 operating system, the company said in June. It is expected to use a 400MHz XScale processor from Intel, and sell for between $300 (£186) and $350 when it is finally released.

The company announced plans earlier this year to release new products for consumers and corporations as part of a strategy to reinvigorate its revenues as sales of its flagship PCs have declined.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service


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