The first $99 laptop to go on sale didn’t come from One Laptop Per Child after all. Cherrypal, a company founded by Max Seybold with offices in Hong Kong and California, debuted their newest model, the $99 Cherrypal Africa. The computer is named in reference to the learning center in Ghana where 20 Cherrypal laptops are currently being used by children under the guidance of PAAJAF. I thought that kid who fragged me in Halo the other day sounded Ghanese.
The company has dubbed the computer “small, slow, sufficient”. Here are some specs (full specs here):
- 400 MHz Xburst processor, a mysterious type of Chinese microprocessor that might be based on an ARM core, or perhaps a gerbil on meth. Nobody knows!
- 256 MB RAM
- 2 GB of flash memory
- 7″ screen (800 x 480 pixels)
- runs Linux or Windows CE
- ethernet and 802.11 b/g wireless internet
- SD/MMC card slot
- two USB 1.1 ports and only one USB 2.0 port
- four hour battery life
- weighs 1.2 kg (2.65 lb)
Definitely not something I’d want to be stuck with, but for $99 new it’s a bargain for people just trying to get into the game. I know at least one master of the dank dimension who can afford this computer: