If the Taiwan market is any indication, prices may soon come down on dual-core netbooks in the U.S. Netbook prices in Taiwan are on a downwards trend, recently falling to around $340, and some models have gone lower than that. Notebook players say it's a necessary adjustment in order to create some separation with the emerging tablet market, Digitimes reports.
Nevertheless, notebook makers aren't worried about tablet PCs cutting into sales of netbooks, they're simply trying to create a clear boundary between the two segments. And who knows how far prices will go down -- Toshiba, for example, has already slashed the price of its NB500 netbook from around $490 to a little under $340 in Taiwan, while Asus' 1015PEM is selling for around the same price.
It will be interesting to see how this all affects the U.S. market. Dual-core netbooks already street for around $330-$350 in the U.S., and so far there aren't any worthwhile tablets in the same price tier.