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Getting closer to the $100 PC

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).

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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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June 29th, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 comments

4 Comments »

  1. Interesting. More interesting it will be to know how long does it take to charge that battery so it lasts 3 hours, this being monsoon in India and load-shedding time, some of the towns, which are fortunate to be on a grid, get power for fewer than a couple of hours, during which time recharging their inverters is a priority use for most people.

    Comment by Shefaly Yogendra | June 29, 2007

  2. Good point…Hopefully the power situation will improve with time as will the battery charging time.

    Comment by Shantanu Bhagwat | June 29, 2007

  3. visit http://www.eeeuser.com for more detailed information & forums. THe price has been rumored to be $199 USD for 4GB not 2gb.

    Comment by croket | June 29, 2007

  4. Thanks for the link croket. I had not realised this was an AsusTek product.

    Comment by Shantanu | June 30, 2007

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