ACER ANNOUNCED just before the weekend that it will slash the prices of two netbook models by $50.
The world's fourth largest computer brand said Friday morning that it will cut the price of its Aspire netbook from $399 to $349 and that its Linpus Linux Lite netbook will drop in price from $379 to $329.
Some think this could be just the start of a stampede by ultramobile laptop PC makers to compete on price in the suddenly very crowded low-cost netbook market. Dozens of new entrants in the netbook PC category were shown at last week's Intel Developer's Forum conference in San Francisco.
An industry analyst contacted by a bog writer at the New York Times, Richard Doherty of electronics market analyst firm Envisioneering, predicted that prevailing netbook prices might fall further, down to $299 or even as low as $249 before the holidays sales season.
"They could cost the same as a cell phone – or lower," he said. µ
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