Firstview Electronic HK Limited is showing what may be one of the worlds cheapest laptops. It runs Android on a low cost and low power VIA 8505 ARM based 533Mhz processor. It has 128MB RAM, 2GB Nand flash, 7″ 800×480 screen, WiFi, SD card reader, and 3G dongle support. It’s supposed to run 4 hours on a 2100mah battery.
It loads websites slower than a more expensive computer, but it can be made for only $65 in the Chinese factories when ordered by big resellers in large quantities. Therefore, this may work well for a backup, secondary or travel laptop.
This video was filmed by Charbax during the CeBIT 2010 Consumer Electronics show in Hanover, Germany.
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Skeptics are busy bashing the newest idea from the One Laptop Per Child folks. Their last offering was the XO, which was clunky and childish looking. It works well for younger children, I’m sure. However, for anyone older than grade-school age, this simply isn’t an option.
OLPC is spreading images – and words – about their newest innovation – the XO-3. It isn’t targeted for release until 2012, so we should not be too skeptic at this point. We have no idea if they will be able to pull off what it is they’re attempting to do this time around. The plans call for a notebook that is thinner than an iPhone, and uses touch interface. It is purported to have every traditional feature found in a computer, save the 8.5-by-11-inch screen. Instead of a mouse and keyboard, there will be a virtual (touch) keyboard that the child can use.
The idea being OLPC is a very good one. I purchased one of these myself during the original offering. You buy a laptop for a child you know, and another one is sent free via OLPC to a child in a developing country who would otherwise likely never see a computer.
So, what do you think? Is this something that they are going to be able to pull off? Will the $75-dollar laptop become a reality sooner than we think? If so… is it going to be something that everyday computer users would be able to make use of?
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