Handhelds to surpass notebook PCs in Latin America by yearend 2001, IDC says

MIAMI, FL – JULY 20, 2001 – IDC Latin America projects handheld shipments to exceed notebooks volumes by yearend 2001. Over 680 thousand handhelds will ship in the region this year versus 624 thousand notebook PCs. Brazil will lead the regional handheld growth capturing over half of the region's share by 2003. The winning market for handheld devices in Latin America is principally vertical market implementations where the device is part of a business solution such as data input or sales force automation.


"Internet-capable handheld devices offer an attractive alternative to notebook PCs at a fraction of the cost and weight" said Alexandra Martinez, IDC Latin America IT Hardware Manager. "The strength of handheld adoption in Latin America in the short term hinges on mobility and not on wireless access in which through customized applications complement solutions that require data logging and data access on the go", added Martinez. IDC Latin America forecasts handheld devices to nearly double in 2002 with a compounded annual growth rate of 70% from 2000 to 2005. Palm gripped 80% of the regional market share in 2000, followed by Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, and Casio. Unit market share in 2001 may see more dynamism as HP and Compaq, heat-up their competition.

Information like the above can be found in IDC's Latin America Information Appliances: Market Forecast and Review, 2000-2005. For more information regarding the study, Latin America Information Appliances: Market Forecast and Review, 2000-2005 #LA1167G or to purchase the complete study, please contact Will Gonzalez of IDC Latin America wgonzalez@idc.com or at (305) 351-3077.

About IDC Latin America

IDC Latin America has established an unrivaled reputation for analysis of the IT, Internet, and Telecom markets in Latin America. Its research group is comprised of over 90 analysts in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela who are devoted to generating the most authentic and up-to-date information on these markets. Following a commitment to excellence, IDC has pioneered primary research in the countries of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, and Puerto Rico. This distinctive local presence results in the most comprehensive and trustworthy market coverage of the Latin American region. For more information, visit http://www.la.idc.com .

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