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$98 Linux Laptops

The 7" HiVision miniNote

— October 22, 2008 — Marketing
HiVision may be pulling our leg with the claim of a $98 computer called the miniNote. But if it’s real, this is big! The $98 laptop has everything you need in order to do basic computing tasks like playing music, surfing the web or creating a document.

The minimal amount of hardware provided with the HiVision miniNote makes its low price point possible. It comes packed with 400 MHz CPU, 128 megs of RAM, a 7-inch screen, and a 1 GB flash drive. Wi-Fi is built in, and the HiVision miniNote runs on a Linux or old Windows OS.
Trend Themes
1. $98 Laptops - The rise of affordable laptops is disrupting the traditional pricing model and making computing more accessible to a wider range of consumers.
2. Minimal Hardware - The trend towards minimal hardware in laptops allows for cost reductions and opens up opportunities for low-cost devices that still meet basic computing needs.
3. Linux OS - The growing popularity of Linux as an alternative operating system offers disruptive innovation opportunities for businesses to develop affordable and customizable computing solutions.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - The consumer electronics industry can seize the opportunity presented by affordable laptops to cater to a larger customer base and provide value-for-money computing options.
2. Technology Retail - Technology retail businesses can tap into the trend of minimal hardware and offer budget-friendly laptops that still deliver reliable performance for everyday tasks.
3. Software Development - The rise of Linux OS provides an avenue for software development companies to create innovative applications and services specifically tailored for Linux-based laptops and systems.
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