The JL7100 looks like a laptop, and Jointech is selling it as a laptop, but the machine has the inner soul of a Windows Mobile PDA.
But – does anyone really care? For US$99 we can’t really complain, plus the specification isn’t so bad either.
With a 7inch 800 x 480 pixel display, VGA output and three USB ports the JL7100 doesn’t come up too badly.
However, it has just 64MB of RAM, 64MB of storage and runs the slightly pants Windows CE 5.0 operating system.
All we know about what powers the beast is that it's a "Samsung 400MHz chipset."
It is up to you to weigh up the good and bad points of this ‘laptop’ but we still think that for US$99 it’s a bargain.
The JL7100 should be available to buy now, although Jointech seems to be a bit ambiguous as the firm said just over a week ago: “the laptop will be ready within 20 days to sell to the market,” but added that it doesn’t yet have any distributors.
Yesterday however, Ahmed Hamed from Jointech told us, "the samples are ready to dispatch….we’ve also started to sell".
Have no fear, the $99 laptop is here
By Emma Hughes on Aug 11, 2008 7:15AM