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The netbook craze fading? Eee PC shipments less than expected.



Digitimes is reporting that Asustek, producer of the popular Eee PC line of netbook computers, shipped 300,000 units less than it had originally forecasted.  Although they were not satisfied with shipments, Asustek did get 1.7 million of its Eee PCs out the door in the first half of 2008. Asustek still plans to ship 5 million Eee PCs in 2008.

The article also shares that Acer is confident in its upcoming Aspire One netbook, planning on shipping 15,000 units a day when the XP version is released in late July for around $550 USD.  The original shipment of 5,000 sold out quickly.  The GottaBeMobile team has contacted Aspire to get an Aspire One review unit, but have yet to hear from Acer.  According to Digitimes, Acer One shipments are expected to be between 5 to 7 million in the second half of 2008.  Acer has forged alliances with a few European-based telecom companies to test the Aspire One’s 3G services.  Looks like 3G or wireless options may be a large part of future netbooks.

Read more about upcoming netbooks from the GBM team.

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