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Chinese company showcases $79 Remix OS laptop

Allwinner believes they can bring a $79 laptop to the market running Remix OS... if there's enough interest.

Published onApril 25, 2016

Technology is reaching a fascinating level such that companies are starting to make products at jaw-dropping prices. Walmart, for instance, launched a $10 Android smartphone that out-specced the original iPhone (which was $600 when it launched in 2007) and the internet nearly broke when Ringing Bells opened pre-orders for their sketchy-as-hell $4 smartphone. Now the Chinese fabless semiconductor company Allwinner Technology is showcasing an Android-powered laptop with a rock-bottom price tag of just $79.

Jide releases some of the Remix OS source code, attempts GPL compliance

So what exactly does an eighty-dollar laptop look like? ARMDevices went hands-on with a preview build of the device, and we’re looking at some pretty astonishing specs for what you’re paying. The display is 11.6 inches and has a resolution of 1366 x 768. Under the hood is a 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor powered by a single gig of RAM, and you get 8 GB of internal storage. However, there are options for more storage and RAM, and you can even upgrade to a larger 14.1-inch model for an extra $20. Both versions run Remix OS, the Android-based operating system intended for laptops and PCs.

It should be noted that the tentative $79 price will really only be available for bulk orders, so it seems like this laptop would be ideal for equipping classrooms or businesses on a budget. Also, the company will only be able to make this product see the light of day if it generates enough interest. However, based on the buzz surrounding previous pieces of low-priced tech, we’d be surprised if this didn’t receive the enthusiasm Allwinner is hoping for.

What do you think of Allwinner’s $79 Android laptop? Something you’d be interested in picking up, or a total pass? Let us know your thoughts on this product in the comments below!

That $4 smartphone is sketchy as hell
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