Originally Posted by Lindy
You keep saying that like its some new novel concept that a company would only do something if it was profitable.
Its fun to speculate so I will continue (at risk of putting my foot in my mouth come 7 days from now)
Your right I do assume that XPS2 sales would be hurt and that may be flawed logic. However, I point back to two issues.
1. You assume that the market of people who purchase 9300 AND would be interested in the video upgrade to is more than the XPS2 market. I don't have numbers but I would bet that most of the business people don’t care about graphic card much and Most 9300 sales are with the X300 graphic card. That card has better battery life and will play every game out today quite nicely, just at lower settings.
2. The profit margin on CPUs is greatest at the high end. So Dell is shooting themselves in the foot already by not offering the highest CPU available from Intel on the 9300. That is unless they realize something along the lines of: most 9300 owners are going to drop purchase a lower CPU anyway. So dell can milk those customers interested in the high end CPU for a little more by pushing them into the XPS2. Therefore, it makes since (to me) that video upgrades would follow this same marketing logic. To my knowledge, the CPU option is a change in marketing strategy from the XPS1/9100 days. (Except the XPS1 did have the $800 upgrade option of the P4 3.4 Extreme)
To qualify my position, again: I personally don't care if 9300 owners get the upgraded video card. I will be surprised if it is available for reasons I have stated.
To the Lurkers: If you are in the market for a 9300 or XPS2 right now and the 7800 interests you, I suggest waiting 7 days. The rest of us are subject to Dells decision.