Dell official discusses low-cost PC plans

— 9:19 AM on April 11, 2008

On Wednesday, we reported on rumors Dell was planning a new sub-notebook to compete with the likes of Asus' Eee PC and HP's newly launched 2133 Mini-Note PC. Dow Jones then quoted an anonymous official from Compal Electronics as saying Dell had entered an agreement with the contract manufacturer to produce low-cost notebooks.

Today, DigiTimes has gotten what looks like confirmation from one of Dell's Taiwanese officials. The site quotes Dell Taiwan General Manager Frank Wu as saying the PC vendor "plans to enter the low-cost PC market." According to Wu, Dell will launch a "whole series of products from entry-level to high-end and in consumer- and enterprise-based platforms." That said, Wu suggests Dell won't use lower prices to set itself apart from the competition.

DigiTimes goes on to say Wu was unwilling to discuss a launch schedule for the upcoming systems, adding that Dell has yet to set a time frame. Nonetheless, the site claims its sources expect Dell's new low-cost systems to start showing up in June.

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