Kohjinsha brand bids farewell as Inventec pulls the plug

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Over the past few years, Kohjinsha has been a notable manufacturer of unique and interesting UMPCs, handtops, and mini notebook. No stranger to the Pocketables site and forums, Kohjinsha products such as the SA, SC, and PA series have frequently graced the pages here. So we were sorry to hear the news that the brand will be bidding the market farewell.

Its parent company, Taiwanese-based Inventec, has decided to stop using the Kohjinsha brand due to losses over the past year linked to slowing netbook/UMPC sales. All is not lost, however, as Inventec has stated that the Kohjinsha team will be transformed into an R&D/product development operation, developing new devices to be released under the Japanese Onkyo brand. You may remember that some of Kohjinsha's recent products are already available as Onkyo devices like the NX series, a rebranded Kohjinsha SK tablet PC.

I find it sad to hear that Inventec is discontinuing the Kohjinsha brand, which I feel has managed to establish a bit of a name for itself among UMPC enthusiasts, but it's encouraging to hear the company's legacy of developing unique devices will live on through another name. Are you sad to see Kohjinsha go?

[DigiTimes]
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Jeremy To

Jeremy is a former editor at Pocketables.