January 21, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Several Taiwan companies will
introduce the first batch of Chinese-language handheld computers
in 1998 in anticipation of strong market potential in Taiwan,
China and Chinese communities throughout the world.
Taiwan's System Telecommunications and Computer Inc., which makes
Leo brand products, plans to cooperate with High Tech Computer
Corp. to begin manufacturing handheld computers with Chinese-
language interfaces in the third quarter of 1998.
A spokesman from System Telecom said that Chinese-language
handheld computers are expected to become a trend in the market
in the future. However, he added, since the Taiwan market is
quite small, System Telecom also plans to promote such products
in other Chinese communities.
U.S.-based Apple Computer Inc. also is optimistic about the
potential of the market. The company is now working with software
suppliers on a Chinese-language version of its Newton line of
personal digital assistants.
Analysts at Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry (III)
said that even though high-end handheld computers are not so
popular now, the debut of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows CE may help
such products raise their market share.
III analysts also pointed out that sales of handheld computers
around the world will be limited by the languages the products
Foreign-language handheld computers, for instance, will be
difficult to sell in Taiwan, while products with Chinese-language
interfaces will see great business opportunities here, they
(Commercial Times, Taiwan)