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World's Cheapest Netbook Under $100

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 39 comments

The world's cheapest netbook now resides in China.

For consumers who want to go cheaper than cheap, Lanyu from Shenzhen, China has created what's labeled as the world's cheapest netbook on the planet: the eBook LY-EB01. So how cheap is this mechanical beast? Try a whopping 666 Yuan ($98), far less than an iPod Touch, Xbox 360, or a nice, full-featured watch. With that said, we have to question what exactly is running this thing under the hood.

According to Ubergizmo, not much at all. However, given the price, low-end components should be expected. The netbook comes packed with a 266 MHz AK7802Q216 ARM processor, 128 MB of RAM, a 7-inch 800 x 480 TFT LCD display, Wi-Fi connectivity, a 1800mAH Li-Ion battery, and Microsoft's WinCE 5.0 pre-installed. We're betting this think even has a 56K modem.

Currently the "netbook" is available in China, however it's unknown whether the device will be available for purchase internationally. If anything, the netbook may be useful to check email or play a few rounds of solitaire. Heck, maybe it will actually play Doom or some other old-school shooter.

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    Camikazi , August 13, 2009 11:30 PM
    666? Evil number!
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    Camikazi , August 13, 2009 11:30 PM
    666? Evil number!
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2009 11:57 PM
    a portable machine that plays doom? WE HAVE FOUND GODS COMPUTER!
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    jhansonxi , August 14, 2009 12:09 AM
    Even more evil - WinCE 5 (why not 6 at least?)
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    Shandris , August 14, 2009 12:13 AM
    "We're betting this 'THINK'even has a 56k modem"...?
    I know I know, it's just a typo. I'm teasing ya...
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    crazymech , August 14, 2009 12:14 AM
    You know the internal is lousy when it runs WinCE xD
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    ColMirage , August 14, 2009 12:38 AM
    No matter how cheap a notebook or laptop may be, I still don't need or want one.
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    brendano257 , August 14, 2009 12:48 AM
    Ewwww it looks fugly!!!! Yeah...not seeing the point, especially with that kind of hardware.
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    ceslami , August 14, 2009 1:10 AM
    At least its packing an 800x480 screen. That way I can watch all of my high definition movies in the proper aspect rati...oh wait. No.

    That said, who knows what kind of press this thing would get in the states. There are many people who cannot afford netbooks at their current price point, but $98 could break that barrier. And in terms of demographics, this market would largely be very rural, and most likely the Midwest states. There, people are still using dial up widely.

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    matt87_50 , August 14, 2009 1:19 AM
    so its like a really big winmobile phone? without the phone?
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    Shadow703793 , August 14, 2009 1:20 AM
    Oh the 666 days or hours expect the Netbook to spontaneously explode.

    On a serious note, you could run a Linux distro on it (better than WinCE) :p 
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    DalaiLamar , August 14, 2009 1:27 AM
    I'll choose 666 over 777 anytime.
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    enewmen , August 14, 2009 1:46 AM
    This is NOT a netbook, just a BIG Pocket PC.
    If it's possible to install Win98 and play DOOM1 or install Linux/Gnome, then I'll call it a real netbook.
    If there is a Windows port to Arm, I'll be tempted.
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    leafblower29 , August 14, 2009 1:47 AM
    128mb was bad 10 years ago.
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    leafblower29 , August 14, 2009 1:49 AM
    Omg my computer from 1998 is better than this, and it was slow back then.
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    antemon , August 14, 2009 1:54 AM
    is it just me or the recent tom's articles are riddled with typos?
    We're betting this think even has a 56K modem.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , August 14, 2009 1:59 AM
    hjgfjkga portable machine that plays doom? WE HAVE FOUND GODS COMPUTER!

    God probably just bought a used iPod Video and put Rockbox on it.
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 14, 2009 2:08 AM
    This is the like a nightmare of some sort, where, pieces of shit computers start to fill up the shelves of consumer electronic stores nationwide. Kinda like a "Cash for Clunkers" program. "Come in and trade your energy sapping beasts for our highly efficient replacements!" Then, secretly, those scumbags sell your car for parts (go read the website) and crush the engine. What!!?? This is like the start of Wall E.
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    IzzyCraft , August 14, 2009 2:16 AM
    I seen phones that are more expensive then that.
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    walkthetalk , August 14, 2009 3:04 AM
    Why OH WHY "WINCE" ??? Linux would make much more sense! Go figure!
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    nitto555rchallenger , August 14, 2009 4:46 AM
    This just shows you how so LAME the netbook society is getting. ~We all love netbooks! ~The smaller, the better! ~Its do cheap and afforable! God I Hate Netbooks!
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