HP launch backs mobile computing

Hewlett-Packard will introduce two new notebooks at CeBIT America as it prepares several new mobile products for the second half...

Hewlett-Packard will introduce two notebooks at CeBIT America as it prepares several new mobile products for the second half of the year.

HP wants to lead the market for notebooks, which is one of few areas showing robust growth according to Kevin Frost, vice-president of worldwide marketing for HP's notebook business unit.

HP also plans to launch mobile products in August, and will make an announcement in September about mobile and wireless printing, Frost said.

It also plans to launch several new iPaq models next week in conjunction with Microsoft's Pocket PC 2003 launch.

HP is world leader in notebook shipments, with 15.9% market share, just ahead of rival Dell's 14.5% and Toshiba's 14.3% share, according to data from IDC.

While notebooks have been a bright spot among PC sales to corporations, shipment growth to businesses is still flat overall, as compared to strong notebook growth in the consumer market, said Matt Sargent, director of research for ARS.

HP's latest nc4000 notebook weighs only 3.5lbs and is targeted at business customers who travel often, Frost said. It comes with Intel's Pentium M processor, but uses wireless technology from Atheros.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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