Eee PC expected to still lead in low-cost PC market
Monica Chen, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 30 April 2008]
Though Hewlett-Packard (HP) has launched its 2133 Mini-Note, channel vendors expect the Eee PC to still lead in the low-cost PC market.
Though the HP Mini-Note has a larger storage capacity because of its hard drive, its overall performance, price and battery capacity come behind those of the Eee PC, according to sources in the channel.
Compared to the Eee PC 900's four-cell battery, which can last around three hours, HP's 2133 Mini-Note battery can only support around two hours of use and the Mini-Note is priced between NT$17,900-25,900 (US$588-850), more than the NT$15,988 price for the Eee PC 900.
In addition to a Windows Vista version, HP is also planning to launch a Windows XP Pro version of its Mini-Note in May, while in July and August the company will launch the device with different versions of Windows XP.
The sources expect the demand for the HP Mini-Note will not pick up until the Windows XP version comes out.
Market rumors have indicated that HP will switch from VIA Technologies' platform to Intel's Atom platform in June. HP Taiwan, in response, commented that all product specifications are decided by the company's headquarters and that the Taiwan division has not yet received any information regarding a switch in platforms.
A fashion designed Windows Vista Mini-Note
Photo: Terry Ku, Digitimes, April 2008