Dell has announced four new computers. Two notebooks will be available in more than 20 countries, starting at about $475. The cheaper of the two desktop computers — part of the company’s Vostro line — will start at about $440, including a screen.
The new models are aimed at helping Dell deepen its hold on developing markets as sales have slowed in mature markets including the United States.
Stephen Felice, Dell’s president for operations in the Asia Pacific region, speaking in Beijing, said, ‘Within the world’s emerging economies, millions of new businesses are demanding just the technology they need, at the prices the can afford, from a vendor they can trust.’
One only has to search blogs for Dell complaints to realize that the last part of that — a vendor they can trust — does not apply to all users.
Dell is one of many companies offering low-price, no-frills computers in China and other developing countries.
Last year, Asustek, a Taiwanese computer-maker, released the Asus Eee PC, a line of small laptops that retail for between $300 and $500. Acer released a small notebook in July that retails in Taiwan for about $350 while Hewlett-Packard unveiled a similar product in April.
Source: Austin American Statesman