Dell to enter low-cost notebook market


Dell is set to enter the low-cost notebook market as early as June, confirming rumours that go as far back as January. An executive with Taiwan-based Compal revealed that the company will supply up to 2 million low-cost notebooks to Dell in 2008. The executive who wished to remain anonymous did not provide any information on specifications.

But Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell pretty much confirmed the Compal statement at a news conference in Tel Aviv.

“We do see opportunities for very interesting products that are smaller and lighter and address the more mobile users in a very cost-effective way,” he said, adding the laptops would “fit into the category” of targeting a market for children.

With a release date in the second half, it’s likely that Dell will use the Intel Atom processor and will sell for similar prices as the ASUS Eee, Everex CloudBook, ECS G10IL and just announced HP 2133 Mini-Note PC.

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