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Netbooks popular in slowdown

CHINA'S netbook sales will jump 25 percent year-on-year as consumers favor the low-cost computers rather than laptops during the economic slowdown, a Taiwan-based research firm said yesterday.

This year, sales of Chinese netbooks from Lenovo, Acer, Hewlett-Packard and Dell are expected to reach 25 million units, with 20 million of them for export. In 2010, global sales will reach 37.5 million units, according to the Topology Research Institute.

"The 3G development also boosts demand for netbooks while the carriers provide strong distribution channels for netbooks," Topology said.

In January, China issued 3G licenses to China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom and all three carriers have launched netbooks bundled with their mobile broadband packages.

Netbooks cost around 3,000 yuan (US$439) to 4,000 yuan, including the 3G packages.

Meanwhile, manufacturers plan to launch larger netbooks, such as a 12-inch model, to make them more competitive with laptops. Most current netbooks are 10-inches or smaller.

Demand for netbooks will drop within one year or two years when the economy starts to rebound, according to iSuppli, a United States-based IT consulting firm.



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