Sony said today that it is going to stop producing the Clie line of handhelds, and no new models will be introduced.
This move comes about ten months after it pulled out of the world handheld market. At that time, it said it was going to concentrate on its home country of Japan. Since then, it released a single Japan-only model, the VZ90.
According to PC World, Sony has decided to focus on its Playstation Portable and smartphones developed through Sony Ericsson.
Sony says it will continue to offer support for owners of Clie handhelds, and will still produce its current models until July.
The History of the Clie
Sony entered the handheld market in 2000 with the release of its Clie PEG-S300 handheld, a thin, lightweight competitor to the popular Palm V handheld.
Although critics called the device “underwhelming” for its lack of multimedia (something expected from the entertainment giant) and its plain design, it still managed to grab a sizable portion of the market.
Over the next three years Sony released nearly twenty different Clie models, breaking new ground in the area of design with its innovate NR and UX series.
In early 2004 it released its final model for the world market, the TH55.
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