IT solutions provider, Elonex, is launching the first under-£100 laptop.
The “One” laptop will cost £99. The Linux-based machine is designed for students and will be launched at The Education Show at the NEC in Birmingham, 28 February to 1 March.
Full specification details are not yet available, but the laptop will have three-hour battery life, Wi-Fi, a flash-based hard drive and a wireless music server. It will come with a rugged case, but will still weigh less than 1Kg.
The One is designed to overcome the cost barrier that has prevented every student owning their own laptop. The company considers investment in digital technology as paramount in helping children achieve their full potential.
Elonex decided to use the Linux operating system partly because it is less expensive than the Windows operating system, and partly in line with government guidelines encouraging a move away from Microsoft’s monopoly.
For every 100 laptops sold, Elonex has promised to donate one of the devices to underprivileged children.