Japanese website Impress is reporting that Sony will end Clie production in July. This comes hot on the heels of a rumor that Sony was going to release a follow-up to the somewhat popular TH55.
While it’s not entirely clear what’s going to happen with their PDA line, it seems for now Sony wants to focus on portable game players like the PSP and their phone partnership with Ercisson. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sony continue making smaller and smaller PCs in the same and shrinking way of the U750. Ultimately the tiny notebook or Tablet PC, along with Smartphone, may be what kills of the PDA. Of course pricing will be an issue, like it is with the U750.
Here is the roughly translated text of the article:
SONY, PDA “CLIE ( )” ending new type throwing became distinct. Production of the current type is done to July.
Concerning the retention of the part/repair, sort of guarantee statement, after the shipment ending 6 years it is done. In addition, 1 year it continues concerning the … private telephone window, at the window of VAIO accepts after the that. Basic, usually it is correspondence of sort, there is no influence with the throwing discontinuance of the new type.
In addition, for the time being it continues concerning the download sale of the contents which are compensatory related service and the mail service which designates clie as domain.
As for CLIE, PDA of Palm OS loading which appears in 2000. As for CLIE the coined word which is taken from the initial “of Communication Linkage for Information & Entertainment”. Completeness of AV function such as animated picture playback was designated as feature as “the portable information terminal which has entertainment characteristic”.
But, in the overseas market which excludes Japan due to the high function and the like of the portable telephone, announcing the throwing discontinuance of the new type in 2004 June. In the Japanese market “PEG-TH55” and so on was favorable, but there being also reduction of the PDA market itself, it became the latest decision. Organic EL display on-board machine “VZ90” of 2004 September announcement becomes the last type.
At SONY, “as for the platform, CLIE, it becomes end with this, but” it keeps continuing the concept of the portable information terminal which has entertainment characteristic “,”, that we have done, development with platform such as PSP and portable telephone is expected.