You may never have heard of Flextronics, but there’s a decent chance you’ve already used a product they produced. The Singapore-based design and manufacturing concern has been churning out electronics for years through a massive network spanning 30 countries.

And your chances of using a Flextronics-produced netbook are about to go up as well. According to Digitimes, the company has struck a deal with HP to produce two million netbooks at the rock-bottom price of $45 per unit. The industry average sits around $70 right now, so this deal could well push other manufacturers to drop their prices to compete.

That drop adds up to substantial savings for HP on this order – around $50 million. However, as with other cost-reducing measures there’s no guarantee that this means HP netbooks will hit retail shelves at lower price points.

Here’s hoping.

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Lee Mathews

Computer tech, blogger, husband, father, and avid MSI U100 user.

4 replies on “Flextronics to build 2 million HP netbooks on the cheap”

  1. It would be nice if it means a lower price. I guess not having the price go up would be good too. With Kindle for PC, those netbooks could also be e-book readers too. It would be easier to take to classes or field assignments where a big notebook might be difficult to take or use up too much space.

  2. Also, what is HP getting for that cost? Who are they trying to sell such things too?

    For all we know HP is making 8.9″ devices to sell to schools or odd things people might use in a warehouse.

    2 Million of ‘anything’ is not to be sneezed at, but it hard to tell if this matters.

  3. With the value of the dollar tanking don’t hold your breath on any price drops at retail.

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