CrunchPad hamstrung by unexpectedly high production costs?

Nov 5, 2009
CrunchPad hamstrung by unexpectedly high production costs?

Last we heard, the CrunchPad budget tablet was set to leap to the market this month with a roughly $399 price tag.  Now the rumor circulating California is that unexpected manufacturing expenses have delayed - perhaps even killed - the project; the Silicon Alley Insider claims that project founder Michael Arrington has been surprised by higher-than-expected quotes from suppliers.

It's prompted another examination of the CrunchPad estimated pricing curve, which began at around $200 when the project was first announced in July 2008 and has climbed since.  By the time CrunchPad prototypes were in-hand - different in design from the latest renders - the estimated tag was around $300; most recently, a Singaporean newspaper suggested the actual price would be more like $399 based on tips from suppliers.

Other rumors have suggested that the project is on hold until Google Chrome OS - which will be very web-centric - is available, rather than using a custom Linux OS and UI as originally intended.  It's early in November still, so we could still see a launch pre-holidays; whether it's the same affordable device many of us were looking forward to remains to be seen.

[via GottaBeMobile]

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