Dell will soon be phasing its thin model line of Latitude X300 and D400 notebooks. To replace these models Dell will outsource production of a new 12.1 inch notebook to Samsung Electronics.
Dell Latitude D400
Dell Latitude X300
Dell at present outsources the Latitude X300 to Samsung and Latitude D400 to Wistron. Global sales of the X300 are estimated at around 30,000 units per month, compared with 20,000 units for the D400..
Samsung was able to win the order because it has access to secure supplies of key components like TFT LCDs and memory chips, the sources noted.
Dell has placed an order for a million units of the new Latitude notebook with delivery starting in the second half of 2004 and reaching a peak in 2005. Stay tuned to NotebookReview.com as we bring you more news in the future of new Dell notebooks to arrive in 2004.