The price of high end Thinkpads will drop by over #1,000 from next Monday as IBM repositions its notebooks as a result of competition and reductions in chip prices. At the same time, prices of desktops from Big Blue and other large vendors are likely to fall in price as the industry gears up for its top selling season.
Peter Bragg, Thinkpad portable marketing manager, said: ?This is aggressive stuff. Some of it is repositioning because of reductions Toshiba made.? The 365 is likely to disappear but not before it is heavily discounted.
The high end machine which will drop by over #1,000 is the 760ED, which falls to #4,500. ?The price reductions are in the nature of eight to 18 per cent,? Bragg said.
Bragg hinted that there were shortages on the notebook MMX chips. That will lead IBM to make its MMX portable available towards the end of March.
?We were accused in the past of pre-announcing products and then not being able to deliver in volume. We will now only announce a product when it is available in volume. There will be an MMX portable and it will be available in limited volume,? he said.
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