Chromebook prices could drop – Digitimes

Posted on 28 October 2014, Last updated on 17 June 2018 by


Digitimes, the Taiwanese IT news outlet, has an interesting Chromebook teaser up today. According to ‘sources’ there’s a bit of a fight breaking out among the big OEMs. Acer, HP and Samsung are to “launch new products to defend their market shares” while Dell, ASUS and Lenovo are looking to increase share. ASUS, it’s said, is to launch ‘many’ different models in Q4 2014.

We don’t doubt that the OEMs are increasing their investment in Chromebooks as the sector has shown healthy growth in 2014 but with a total predicted market of just 2 million units this year and a recent influx of new devices we wouldn’t expect too much more to happen this year. Some mid-range solutions on the Haswell architecture and a teaser of something on Intel Broadwell for early 2015 would seem to be a sensible prediction.

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If we really are at an inflection point where investment increases dramatically then maybe Digitimes’ sources are right to say that prices will drop. “With more vendors planning to join the industry, Chromebook prices are expected to drop further in the future, the sources noted.” More vendors sounds interesting. Could we see the first 2nd-tier offerings from the lower-cost Chinese brands? A similar thing has just happened in the Windows tablet world where prices for 8-inch and 10-inch units have dropped by 50% over just 12 months.

No-one is predicting is predicting a netbook-style boom right now but if you’re an OEM and looking to move some eggs around, the ChromeOS basket is looking attractive. If that happens and a big marketing engine kicks-in we could see netbook-style growth. At the peak of the netbook craze they were shipping 40 million units in a year.


2 Comments For This Post

  1. animatio says:

    the battle is not only amongst chromebooks. look at android tablets getting cheaper and cheaper, new win “netbooks” pouring out at low prices as win tablets aswell. the market again – after the death of cheap netbooks and the entry of a wave of expensive ultrabooks and win8 tablets – seems to dive into a new price valley again.

  2. Joe Poniatowski says:

    I work for HP, and they recently offered their Chromebook 11 ($279 retail price) to employees for $129. That tells me they are clearing out inventory in preparation for a new announcement. Well, I bought one, and researching exactly what I can do with these gems is what brought me here.

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