Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The cheapest laptop selling at $99

"Africa" is its name.

It is the brainchild of Philip Appiah from PAAJAF, a humanitarian services NGO based in Accra, Ghana, West-Africa.

PAAJAF  foundation provides food and shelter, clothing, basic health care, community building skills, job training  and education for children, women and orphans.

Philip’s vision was to improve the lives of the poor through better access to information for better education, freedom, making a living,  etc.

Philip approached Cherrypal of the Tristate Hong Kong Group Limited, a globally operating group of lifestyle enhancing companies, focused on green technologies, health products and personal development.

Cherrypal has been known to produce cheap netbook as a way to bridge the “digital divide”, with the belief that everyone should have access to technology and the benefits of the Internet, not just those who can afford to spend at least few hundreds on a new computer.

This initiative has led to the making of Africa, priced at $99 and targetted for the global low income group.

Africa is the laptop produced by Cherrypal, with:
  • 7" colour display
  • 400Mhz processor
  • 256MB RAM
  • 2GB flash memory storage
  • Integrated Wi-Fi b/g wireless networking
  • Integrated 10/100M Ethernet wired networking
  • RJ-45 dial-up port
  • One USB 2.0 port and two USB 1.1 ports
  • SD/MMC card slot that supports SD card , U-Disk and USB-HDD Card
  • Microphone and built-in speaker 
It weighs around 1.2kg and includes a 7.4V 1800MAH Lithium battery that provides a runtime of around four hours.

It runs either Linux or Windows CE and is designed just for Internet surfing.

"We believe access to the Internet is an essential need nowadays and requires an extra effort from the global community to melt different cultures and backgrounds into one peaceful community." -- GreenOpenFair blog of Cherrypal.

Click here for more information and online purchase of the Cherrypal 7" Africa mini-laptop selling at $99.00.


lionel0008 said... Reply To This Comment

Cheap but I saw a laptop priced at RM699 about USD200 at Tesco Malaysia.

It comes with Win XP so it should be around the same price if it comes with Linux instead.

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