HP Sojourn may yet reach NZ

It looks like Hewlett-Packard's ultra-thin Sojourn notebook will come to New Zealand after all. Joanna Burgess, HP's marketing manager for PCs, says half a dozen people have already ordered the 1.36kg, 1.9cm-thick notebook, but there was some doubt the product would make it to New Zealand shores because its high cost - it's likely to sell for about $12,000 - would make it uneconomic to import in small numbers.

It looks like Hewlett-Packard’s ultra-thin Sojourn notebook will come to New Zealand after all.

Joanna Burgess, HP’s marketing manager for PCs, says half a dozen people have already ordered the 1.36kg, 1.9cm-thick notebook, but there was some doubt the product would make it to New Zealand shores because its high cost — it’s likely to sell for about $12,000 — would make it uneconomic to import in small numbers.

However, Adrian Koch, director of HP’s commercial channels organisation for the Asia-Pacific, says the OmniBook Sojourn will launch in Australia at the end of July and in all likelihood will make it across the Tasman.

Since the New Zealand market is now starting to be supplied out of Australia — previously all products were shipped from Singapore — and because most models that are marketed in Australia inevitably sell in New Zealand, the 233MMX-chip machine is likely to be sold in limited numbers.

Jacques Clay, general manager for HP’s extended desktop unit in the Asia-Pacific, says that the distribution of the Sojourn, which launched in the US in May, would gradually be extended into other regions. The model will come to New Zealand “if it makes sense”.

Burgess says the price should come down over time if the model’s extensive miniaturisation, particularly of its battery technology, can be produced any more cost-efficiently.

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