While AMD’s marketing department is busy making up excuses for why the company is staying out of the netbook game, OEM PC maker Quanta is being a bit more honest. Quanta does make netbooks. In fact, the company shipped 3.1 million notebooks in August, which is about 200,000 more computers than during the same month last year — and many of them were netbooks.
But you know what? Quanta brought in less money this year than last. DigiTimes reports Quanta saw an 18.5% drop in revenue from the same month in 2007. That’s because netbooks are typically cheaper than larger notebooks and have lower profit margins.
While consumers like me are happily watching the netbook price wars, the lower companies like Acer and Asus drop their netbook prices, the less revenue companies like Quanta will be seeing. And that could make the whole netbook business a little less attractive for equipment makers.
Quanta manufactures the Acer Aspire One laptop and is also the company behind the upcoming Lenovo IdeaPad S10. At least it will be if the S10 is ever released. Oh, and there’s one more interesting tidbit buried in the DigiTimes article – apparently Quanta will also be making a netbook for Sony soon.
As MobilitySite points out, there’s probably no reason to expect the netbook craze to put Quanta out of business just yet. Quanta is also the manufacturer of the Apple iPhone.