It’s not just the rent that’s too damn high. Maybe you’re looking for a new laptop and you don’t exactly have the coin needed to purchase one of those fancy new rose gold MacBooks. What if you could get a laptop for under a hundred bucks? That’s the dream being presented by Allwinner and its upcoming lineup of Remix OS laptops.

What’s Remix OS, you might ask? In effect, Remix OS is a customized version of Android that has been adapted to better suit a more traditional computing environment. You get a desktop-like experience, complete with a taskbar, a “traditional” desktop, and support for running a good majority of regular Android apps, but in windows that can be resized.

Proper support for running Android apps inside of Chrome OS, like on a Chromeobok, is apparently in the pipeline, but Remix OS could be the perfect stop-gap measure in the interim. In the case of the machines being put forth by Chinese chipmaker Allwinner, you’ve got a few standard form factors. These include a 11.6-inch notebook, a 14.1-inch notebook, and a 11.6-inch convertible with a 360-degree hinge.

They might say they’re all winners, but the kicker is that they can be priced as low as $79 a pop. In order to achieve that price, you’ll need the most barebones specs — 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, etc. — and you’ll need to place a rather large bulk order. The resulting street price is probably in the same sub-$200 range as a base Chromebook. If other manufacturers started to pump up $100 Remix OS laptops, would you be interested? Or is a cheap Chromebook still the best affordable computing solution?


Via Liliputing

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