The Asus Eee PC and OLPC XO have a new rival.
We’ve seen a fair run of companies announcing similar sub-notebooks to the Asus Eee PC since its launch, but in terms of sheer low price this latest competitor from Elonex may take the prize. Dubbed the One (possibly the most over used name in the last six months) the system is aimed for use in an education environment and is set to cost just £99.
Adding to the low price the One also has another, quirkier aspect to it: normally it acts as you would expect of a small, foldable mini-PC. However, the keyboard can be detached from the screen allowing the latter to be used as a non-touch-screen tablet device – given the price the lack of touch-sensitivity can’t really be criticised.
Specs wise Elonex isn’t being very forthcoming, so there is no idea of what amount of RAM or processor is featured. We do know, however, that the One will sport WiFi, have 1GB of inbuilt memory, which can be augmented via a USB port and will run on a Linux operating system, again helping keep costs down.
Further to that, Elonex has also managed to get VAT-exempt status for the One given its intended educational use, again helping to keep the price down. Elonex will be showing off the One and giving it an official launch at the Education Show 2008 at the NEC Birmingham.