DigiTimes reports laptop builders Quanta and Compal saw their shipments drop by 25 percent and 20 percent, respectively, on month in July due to weaker-than-expected demand in the US and Europe.
Quanta's July notebook shipments dropped 25% on month to only 3.6 million units, while Compal only had 3.2-3.3 million units, down 20% on month.
In addition to the weak demand, Quanta pointed out that clients' demands to increase transportation by sea to save costs, which required them to bring forward most of their July shipments to June, also impacted its shipments in July.
Despite weak July shipments, Quanta said that the company still has good order visibility for August and September.
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Re: Laptop makers saw 20 to 25 percent drop in demand by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 11 2010 @ 05:04:57 CEST
1 Nearly every vendor switched over to ATI graphics. Believe it or not there are a lot of folks out in the wild who want absolutely nothing to do with ATI's driver problems. Funny but that will result in a drop in sales.
2 Couple that with the incoming advent of Sandy Bridge and you have a good reason for a lot of folks to wait and see.
3 Nvidia DX11 mobile GPU's aren't out in quantity yet. DX10 has been out a few years. Many folks who "wanted" bought over the last couple years. Those who are ready for the next thing, are waiting.
4 USB 3. Not all devices need the bandwidth. But the last standard 2.0 lasted about 10 years. One can expect USB 3 to be everywhere in a year or so and to be a living standard for 9 more years after that. It's highly likely that at least some laptop buyers have held off until USB 3 becomes more widespread in notebooks.