A Laptop for $187

ChinaPlease don’t hold your breath. The $187 laptop will only be available in China. Still, it’s interesting to know what it has and what it lacks. No, this is not the $100 laptop project that Bill Gates mocked.

A Chinese company has announced its plans to sell a laptop computer for 1,500 yuan (equivalent to $187) to tap demand in China’s rural areas, and targeting lower income groups and students. The laptop called Longmeng or Dragon Dream measures 17cm x 14cm, weighs 500 grams (1.1 lbs.) and uses a Godson II central processing unit (equivalent to Pentium III) developed by the Institute of Computing Technology and Zhang Fuxin, a professor at the Institute. It uses Linux software and does not support Microsoft Windows program. (Bill Gates, are you reading this?). But it can play DVD, which I think is a good thing.Obviously, Dragon Dream is not looking to compete with mainstream PC brands but with its price, it just might be a big hit.

ChinaPlease don’t hold your breath. The $187 laptop will only be available in China. Still, it’s interesting to know what it has and what it lacks. No, this is not the $100 laptop project that Bill Gates mocked.

A Chinese company has announced its plans to sell a laptop computer for 1,500 yuan (equivalent to $187) to tap demand in China’s rural areas, and targeting lower income groups and students. The laptop called Longmeng or Dragon Dream measures 17cm x 14cm, weighs 500 grams (1.1 lbs.) and uses a Godson II central processing unit (equivalent to Pentium III) developed by the Institute of Computing Technology and Zhang Fuxin, a professor at the Institute. It uses Linux software and does not support Microsoft Windows program. (Bill Gates, are you reading this?). But it can play DVD, which I think is a good thing.Obviously, Dragon Dream is not looking to compete with mainstream PC brands but with its price, it just might be a big hit.

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