Waiting to gauge market response
Digitimes, Elitegroup and MSI aren't too keen to launch
ARM-based smartbooks, and they will probably wait to see how other
players do in the market.
We're expecting quite a few smartbooks in Q4, when Acer, Foxconn, Compal and Pegatron are expected
to launch their first models. However, Asus, ECS and MSI are choosing
to sit this round out, and wait to see how the market responds to the
Asus practically created the netbook market, while MSI was one of the
pioneers in the netbook market, and its Wind series is still going
strong. ECS, on the other hand, had already received orders for
smartbooks, which were subsequently canceled.
In case everything goes smoothly, you could see the three skeptical vendors launching their own smartbooks in Q1 2010, or maybe even later.
Droves of smartbooks expected in Q4