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| Prices of Older PC Models Declining, Nikkei PC Survey Says
January 25, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Following the introduction of new personal
computer models in mid-January, which are aimed at the spring sales
campaign, a decline is seen in prices of older PC models marketed as
part of the 1998 year-end sales drive.
|A Nikkei Personal Computing survey conducted Jan. 17 on six major retail
stores in Tokyo's Akihabara and Shinjuku districts found that they had
put on sale new PC models for the spring sales campaign.
PC makers are expected to market more new models from mid-February, Nikkei
Personal Computing said.
Toshiba Corp. was the first to put on sale two new models for the spring
sales campaign. They are an A4 notebook personal computer called DynaBook
Satellite 2520 and a thin B5-size notebook called DynaBook SS PORTEGE
The Satellite 2520, equipped with a K6-2 300MHz microprocessor and a
12.1-in. thin-film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD), is priced
at 248,000 yen (US$2,185). The model with a 13-in. dual-scan super-twisted
nematic (DSTN)-LCD is priced at 218,000 yen (US$1,920). The PORTEGE
3020 with a 300MHz MMX Pentium microprocessor is priced at 258,000 yen
The prices of the older models marketed at the end of last year (for
the year-end sales campaign) have fallen, following the introduction
of the new models.
Prices of Fujitsu Ltd.'s desktop computer with a Celeron 333MHz microprocessor,
and a notebook computer equipped with an MMX Pentium microprocessor
have dropped substantially.
Few Macintosh iMacs, priced at 128,000 yen (US$1,130), are still available
because buyers rushed to purchase the product before the Apple Smart
Loan program expired on Jan. 17. The loan program features a low-interest
loan to promote sales.
The new models of Apple's iMac in five different colors are expected
to reach the market at the end of January.
The Power Macintosh G3, which also features a partially transparent body
(like the iMac), is available at retail stores. An attractive model
is the M6670J/A with a G3 chip (300MHz) and priced at 215,900 yen (US$1,900).
Results of the Nikkei Personal Computing survey are available at its
site in Japanese only.
� Toshiba Releases Notebook PC with 300MHz Mobile Pentium
� Apple Computer's Original iMac PC to be Sold Out
� Apple Japan Begins Loan Campaign for iMac Buyers
� Japan's PC Sales in 3rd Week of Dec. Level Off
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