Psion is planning to launch a new mobile computing device based on its Epoc operating system later this year, it said today at Cebit.
Codenamed Jedi, the device is an A5 sized notebook style product, similar in style to Toshiba?s mini notebook the Libretto, but running Epoc and supporting Sun?s Java.
IBM may be interested in rebadging and selling the Jedi machines, according to a company insider. "However, this would only be in markets where Psion does not have such a strong presence," the insider said.
He also said Psion was in discussions with a range of other companies about similar deals.
Jedi is likely to cost much less than other mini notebooks, at around #800 and Psion executives claimed it can run all the applications most users require.
Paul Lubbock, marketing director for Psion UK, said: "Jedi is not a PC. It is a Rom based machine, so you get instant start up and it will have a colour screen. It?s really a mobile network computer and it can have anything added the user wants - PC card slots, built in GSM.?
He added: "It?s what Microsoft would like CE based machines to be."
Lubbock explained that the product was designed following customer feedback that showed corporates were fed up with executives working on a range of mobile devices that do not always work with an organisation?s own systems.
Psion's strongest market is Europe, where it holds around 27.7 per cent of the handheld companion device market, according to the latest IDC figures.
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