There has been alot of buzz recently about new netbooks from HP, in dark corners around Taipei I have heard about a coloured aluminum netbook for sub $400-450 (the murmurs were unclear), BUT the plastic version is being released for sub $300. I didn’t really think much of this until I say an article today in Digitimes via the Chinese language Commercial Times that Flextronics has recently landed orders for two million netbooks from Hewlett-Packard (HP) for 2010. This would not be blog worthy except when discovered through the vendor’s e-bidding system their quote of US$45 per unit.
This lends truth to the rumors that HP is going to be coming to market with a newly designedaffordable netbook. As Flextronics’ quote is rather low compared to the industry’s average price of more than US$70 per unit. If first-tier makers follow suit, it could put pressure on related component makers to reduce prices by 20%, the paper cited the market watchers as saying.