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Japanese look to low-cost PCs

PC manufacturers are readying new models priced below $1,000, evidence that Japan has now caught the low-cost computer bug.

In Japan, PC manufacturers are readying new models priced below $1,000, according to a report in Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan?s largest business daily, evidence that Japan has now caught the low-cost computer bug.

Manufacturers are hoping this will invigorate an enervated market, hit hard by low consumer demand.

New models will be priced from 100,000 yen to 200,000 yen, according to the report, which translates into U.S. prices ranging from about $900 to $2,000.

Hitachi is expected to roll out consumer and business systems priced between 100,000 and 150,000 yen in the May-June time frame.

Toshiba, meanwhile, plans to bring out a notebook PC in the second half of the year at 120,000 to 130,000 yen, the report said. This would constitute one of the lowest prices on a new notebook to date.

Fujitsu will boost shipments of consumer models priced below 200,000 yen, according to the report.