In short: Now that graphics card prices have finally started to drop, will laptops follow the same trend? Apparently not, according to a new report. In fact, device sales points may increase in the second half of the year due to several well-known factors.
DigiTimes Asia (through NotepadCheck) writes that Covid-19 restrictions in China and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have led to increased production costs, supply chain problems and logistical problems for laptop manufacturers. As such, they are “contemplating price increases to reflect increases in logistics and other costs in the second half of 2022.”
An increase in Covid-19 cases in Shenzhen, China in March saw all businesses except those supplying food, fuel and other essentials ordered to close or work from home. This included Apple supplier Foxconn, though it was able to resume operations a week later using a “closed-loop” management process that essentially assumes employees live at the facilities during the lockdown.
April saw updatedStricter restrictions have been introduced in Shanghai and Kunshan, affecting power producers such as Apple, Dell and Tesla.
In addition, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has affected half the world. neon production and inflated energy prices.
All of this led supply chain sources from laptop ODMs and OEMs to warn of higher laptop prices in the second half of the year. Ironically, this came shortly after laptop makers were reportedly set to cut prices due to lower demand as most of the world went back to work and most lockdowns ended.
While laptops may become more expensive soon, graphics cards are moving in the opposite direction. We recently learned that the latest updates from Nvidia and AMD are now within 12% their MSRP in Europe, and our own research shows eBay GPU Prices Drop Againabout 15% over the past four weeks.
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