Many people were surprised, and not pleasantly so, when last week’s introduction of the e830 didn’t include the United States. Toshiba has now confirmed that this model won’t ever be released here, and in fact this company won’t be releasing any more handhelds in the U.S.
Late this spring, industry sources first told Brighthand that Toshiba intended to leave the U.S. handheld market later in the year.
Now, BargainPDA has been able to officially confirm it. This site reports that it held a meeting with Toshiba, in which Toshiba said that, “the US is not in their foreseeable roadmap for PDA product launches.”
If Toshiba gave any reasons for this decision, BargainPDA did not report it. However, sales of Toshiba handhelds have declined sharply over the previous months.
Not Just the U.S.?
Although the e830 was released outside of the U.S., there have been some indications that Toshiba is going to get out of handheld business entirely.
Enterprise customers in Europe report being told by Toshiba representatives that their company will be out of the handheld market by the end of the year.
An industry source told Brighthand that the only reason the e830 was released at all is Toshiba was well along in this product’s development when it made the decision to leave this market. Rather than waste all the money that had already been sunk into the e830, Toshiba decided to go ahead and do a limited release.