While the OLPC foundation got people all worked up about $100 laptops a few years ago, and Asus promised that the original Eee PC might hit $200, the truth of the matter is it’s much more likely to find new netbooks released for between $300 and $400. And it looks like even the next-generation netbooks with dual core Atom processors coming later this year could cost less than $400.

Intel is expected to launch a new Atom N550 dual core processor aimed at netbooks soon. And Fudzilla reports that the company is suggesting that PC makers sell mini-laptops outfitted with the chipset for between $349 and $399. It’s expected that the netbooks will have 1GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 32GB solid state disks, or 250GB hard drives, and 7 to 10.2 inch displays.

According to Fudzilla, this will move the target pricing for netbooks with single core chips to between $249 and $349, which is pretty close to where they already are today. A handful of PC makers are selling new models for under $300, with most netbooks selling in the $300 to $350 price range. A handful of high-end systems including the HP Mini 5102 and Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t demand higher prices because of premium features such as touchscreen displays, faster hard drives, or hard drive shock protection.

Fudzilla suggests that dual core netbooks could hit the streets in the third quarter of 2010.

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5 replies on “Rumor: Intel wants dual core Atom netbooks to sell for $349 to $399”

  1. What a conjob. Prices should fall over time and should not increase.

    It is high time that netbook manufacturers move over to other CPUs such as ARM in order to bring down prices further.

    Netbooks were falling in prices rapidly but now, it is going up.

    Only idiots would agree that the current netbook prices are good.

    Brad, what happened to the Lenovo Skylight? Why is it taking so long?

  2. You got typo “Aus promised that the original Eee PC”, should be Asus.

    Not sure if dual core will save netbooks, not that im saying that netbooks are on their way out, but its just that for such price that Intel wants them to be sold isnt quite realistic imo.

  3. These are good price range to sustain within. if the market shifts and demands for cheaper price then to keep netbooks in the market space the price must be reduced.

  4. IMO, 12″ screen, 1280×768, dual core Atom, nVidia Ion2, 250GB HDD at $399 should be the goal. Seriously, if you don’t want the netbooks to fall to the iPad, you gotta get the price of a system like this down to something palettable. $500+ for a system with this spec, considering the iPad will have a much better screen, and the ability to play lots of games and use lots of apps – not to mention Apple’s mojo, is too much money in this new market.

  5. Those dual core atom netbooks better be cheap, you can get an almost 1000 passmark points culv voor less then 500 euros these days and it will do 8 hours plus.I’m expecting the dual core atom netbooks to perform at 600 passmark points or less, so they shouldn’t cost more then 350 euro’s (with next gen nvidia ion2 included).

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