Philips unveils handheld computer for spring U.S. launch

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BRUSSELS -- Dutch electronics group Philips last week unveiled its Velo 1 handheld computer at the Comdex Fall computer trade fair in Las Vegas. Philips is one of seven to pioneer this new technology, together with Compaq, Hewlett- Packard, NEC, Casio, LG Electronics and Hitachi.

The Velo 1 is being launched in the U.S. next spring with European markets seeing a phased launch later during 1997. It will be positioned as a convenient and cheaper alternative to the notebook PCs made by IBM and others.

"The Velo 1 is designed for busy professionals who need essential information and computing capabilities while they are on the go," explains Alan Soucy, general manager of the Philips Mobile Computing Group. "It will provide the equivalent funtionality of a conventional notebook PC, without the weight, inconvenience and high price," he adds. In addition to basic Windows functions, the Velo 1 will contain a 19.2 Kbps modem, fax software, and e-mail capability.

Copyright November 1996, Crain Communications Inc.

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