The $99 Laptop Switches To Android

The $99 Laptop Switches To Android

Back in December 2009, the much-hyped $99 laptop (called the Africa) was released by a company called Cherrypal. Originally, the 400 MHz, 7” LCD, flash-based Africa shipped with either Windows CE, or Cherrypal’s own version of Linux. Cherrypal announced last week that they will be dropping the Linux version and replacing it with Android. For now, they will continue to offer the Windows CE version (though I’m not sure why).

They have also announced a new laptop called the Asia (shown above), which is available in 7” and 10” versions ($99 and $148 respectively). The Asia will ship with Android pre-installed. Both models are equipped with 533MHz ARM processors, 2 GB of flash-based storage, and 256 MB of RAM. Considering Android’s popularity, I’m assuming we will see more and more Android-powered netbooks in the future.

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