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April 19, 2006 at 10:59 AM

Who to blame for Origami PC prices?

A DigiTimes correspondent in Taipei is reporting that Intel is to blame for the high price of the first “Origami” Ultra-Mobile PCs coming next month from Samsung, but it doesn’t seem to capture the whole story. The only thing that’s clear is that, at $1,200, Samsung’s Q1 is way too expensive to become the widely used, lifestyle device that Microsoft envisioned.

The DigiTimes report is bouncing around the gadget blogs — I first saw it on Engadget, which found the news at TG Daily, which pulled the story from DigiTimes.

There’s undoubtedly a backstage tussle between Intel and Via over Origami, but the DigiTimes report should be read cautiously. It’s based on unnamed sources who said the devices would have been cheaper if Samsung used processors from Via instead of Intel. Via happens to be based in Taipei.

DigiTimes was following up on an earlier, unconfirmed report in Taiwan’s Commercial Times about Samsung ordering Via chips for an upcoming $700 Ultra-Mobile PC, so maybe it’s a tempest in a teapot.

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