I was very surprised to read in DigiTimes that…
The sales figures given in the article for the first quarter of this year are:
Acer (Aspire One): 2,000,000
Asus (Eee PC): 900,000
MSI (Wind): 200,000
The article goes on to say that both Acer and MSI are looking to higher priced and higher margin ultra-thin notebook models to pick up the slack from the lower than expected netbook sales.
I wonder what the cause (or causes) is (are) for the lower than expected netbook sales: The economy is the obvious one. A comparison to conventional notebook sales might shed some light there. Has the netbook market neared saturation already? In other words, does everyone who wants a netbook already have one? Or, is it some other factor like waiting to see whether Apple enters the netbook market later this year or continues to ignore it.