Thursday, July 2, 2009
Coby to Buy NBPC1020, Other 10-Inch Netbooks from Kophee Technologies Co., Ltd.
UPDATE MON 6JUL09
KOPHEE Technologies Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen China apparently is the maker of the Coby notebooks or netbooks.
The relationship with Coby Electronics could be more than manufacturer-destributor. This could be one of what Coby refers to as "sister companies." Also note the similarity in the names, depending on how you pronounce Coby and Kophee.
News reports have stated that Coby has supplied notebooks to S. America, Asia, and Korea. Kophee does have Korean ties. Also, the Coby/Kophee model numbers already are being marketed by Eltech in the United Arab Emirates, which says its IT hardware is "designed in the USA" and "manufactured in Korea and China" and which all fits in with Coby Electronics. The UAE is in southwest Asia.
So apparently the first seller of the Coby notebooks like the NBPC1022 is Eltech in Asia, or the Middle East.
You can get an Alpha-400 mini-laptop like we are promoting here for $134.99 here http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=ALPHA-400&cm_mmc=GoogleProducts-_-Laptops/Notebooks-_-NetBooks-_-ALPHA-400&utm_source=GoogleProducts&utm_medium=ShoppingSites&utm_campaign=ALPHA-400 from GEEKS.COM, the best buy around for a NEW computer (some journalists like Caitlin Martin have unfairly compared this to even better "bargains" in refurbished, used computers). Or you might someday be able to get a 10-inch Coby for $240 as explained below.
The long-awaited "netbook" PCs of the American Champ of Cheap, Coby Electronics, apparently will be manufactured by Kophee Technologies Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. This could be coming to discount stores (and other outlets) everywhere.
Two colorful examples are in the photograph (click to enlarge). Be sure to go to the Kophee page here http://www.asianproducts.com/company/index.php?op=product&item_id=P12377177554252927&cno=A12377167151930742 for details of the NBPC-1022, which supposedly will soon be sold by Coby in South America as well as in Korea and other Asian countries for the equivalent of $240.
The other three 10-inch mini-laptops listed on the site of Shenzhen Coby Communications Co., Ltd., are at this link: http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:2kB1cm3auDIJ:www.kophee.com/main/home/cp.php%3Fcatid%3D3%26nowmenuid%3D2%26cpath%3D0003:+%22nbpc1022%22&cd=11&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
The Kophee Technologies Co. page shows that the company will sell in lots of 100 units minimum and can provide up to 200,000 a year.
If anyone can offer a 10-inch mini-laptop -- brand new, not refurbished as many tricksters in the press try to use to confuse the issue -- for $240 in the United States, Kophee and Coby will need to gear up production. And, as for Michael Dell and Bill Gates, in the words of long-ago president Harry Truman, "When that happens [they'll] need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"