HP sees 87% rise in handheld shipments

Hewlett-Packard has surpassed Palm as the leading provider of handheld devices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa during the...

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Hewlett-Packard has surpassed Palm as the leading provider of handheld devices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa during the third quarter of this year.

HP has 87% year-on-year growth rate in handheld shipments during the quarter to 201,060 units, surpassing Palm's shipments for the period by 15,000, said market researcher Canalys.

Sales of the iPAQ h1900 and h2200 series handheld products boosted HP's shipments in the region to give it 31.1% market share for the quarter.

HP's savvy handling of its channel aided its shipments during the period, according to Canalys senior analyst Chris Jones.

"HP cleared their channel for the launch of product at the beginning of the quarter and then set aggressive consumer pricing," Jones said.

Palm, meanwhile, posted an 8% growth rate in handheld devices over the same quarter last year, shipping 186,100 units, and taking 28.8% of the market.

Palm rolled out new products later in the quarter, which may have slowed its third-quarter shipment figures, Jones said. However, Palm is poised for a rebound during the fourth-quarter holiday season, when it is historically the strongest.

Overall handheld shipments increased 34% over the same quarter a year ago, posting a higher growth rate than smart phones for the first time.

Smart phones are, however, under threat from lower-priced camera phones, Jones said.

In the voice-centric segment, shipments of phones and smart phones increased 22% over the same quarter last year, led by Nokia with 80.2% of the market.

Overall mobile device shipments in EMEA, including handhelds and phones, increased 27% during the quarter to 1.48 million units. Nokia continues to lead with 45.3% of total mobile devices shipped, followed by HP with 13.5% of devices shipped.

Scarlett Pruitt writes for IDG News Service





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