The sub-100 dollar laptop is now a reality in the form of the Cherrypal Africa, a $99 seven-inch laptop intended to help developing countries and low-income persons connect to the Web.
The bare-bones netbook can run either Linux or Windows CE, and while underpowered compared with other netbooks on the market, it’s ideally suited to bridge what Cherrypal founder Max Seybold calls “the digital divide.”
The Cherrypal Africa is powered by a 400MHz processor, and features 256GB RAM and 2GB of flash memory. Other specs include Wi-Fi b/g networking, one USB 2.0 port, two USB 1.1 ports, and a four-hour lithium battery. In Cherrypal’s own words, it’s “small, slow, sufficient.” It’s also environmentally friendly. Cherrypal claims they designed the Africa to consume the least amount of power possible, using fewer parts than other manufacturers.
The Cherrypal Africa is available for purchase worldwide from the Cherrypal website.
Earlier efforts to produce a laptop to sell for less than $100 were unsuccessful. Nicholas Negroponte tried in 2006 through the One Laptop per Child organization before ultimately settling on a $199 price point.