From the Nikkei Weekly, this very interesting report about a $200 PC that was recently exhibited in Taipei:
” (At the Earth Tech Computer’s booth at the COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2007)…two other interesting notebook PCs are (being) exhibited.
…The other one is Eee PC 701, which weighs 0.89 kg. This is a so-called “zero-spindle PC,” a mobile PC without a hard disk, in which a 4-16GB flash memory is integrated. This is not a high-performance PC but a “practically portable PC.”
The company announced only that it incorporates the CPU manufactured by Intel Corp., but it is supposed to be the A-series, which is also incorporated in Fujitsu FMV-U8240.
The main memory is 512 MB, while the display is 7-inch LCD (estimated resolution is 800 x 480 dot). It is sized 225 (W) x 165 (D) and 21-35 mm in thickness. The battery life is approximately 3 hours.
This product incorporates Linux as the OS because it is targeted for China, but installation of Windows XP is also possible. According to the keynote speech by Intel, the price is $199 (for 2GB version).
Now, I admit that most of us (me included) may find a 7″ screen practically unreadable and 2GB of memory completely inadequate, but it is worth bearing in mind that this may finally be the breakthrough product that accelerates PC penetration in the developing world.
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