Intel to cut Core Duo prices on May 28?
HKEPC says it has
(in Chinese, translate here
) that Intel plans to slash Core
Duo prices on May 28. According to a Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer, the dual-core mobile chips will drop one
notch in price, with the 2.16 GHz T2600 diving from $637 to $423, the
2.0 GHz T2500 going from $423 to $294, and the 1.83 GHz T2400 dropping
from $294 to $241. Meanwhile, HKEPC says the $241 1.66 GHz T2300 will be
replaced by a $209 T2300E, which will have the same specifications but lack
support for Intel's Virtualization Technology. Still at $209, Intel
allegedly plans to scrap its single-core 1.66 GHz Core Solo T1300 and
replace it with a faster 1.83 GHz T1400 model.
If genuine, these price cuts will leave room for the expected June
release of Intel's Core Duo T2700, which is said to feature a 2.33 GHz
clock speed and launch at $637. Of course, these cuts could also help Intel
counteract the release of AMD's Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile chips,
which just launched at lower price points than Intel's Core Duos.