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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

China's own answer to OLPC's XO laptop?

The Sinomanic Tianhua GX-1C subnotebook is designed specifically
for primary and secondary school students in China. Sinomanic has created four different models for distribution to very specific markets.
Will they eventually try to market it abroad? Would you buy one?
(Click on image to see a larger version)

Actually, China has more than one answer. They were initially interested in the OLPC project, but changed their minds when they realized they were capable of creating similar solutions themselves. The following article by Wayan Vota at, looks at some of the solutions China has in the works:

OLPC China: Laptop Competition in the Middle Kingdom
[...] He then goes on to list the many options that Chinese parents (and kids at heart) have in the affordable computing space. Options like:
Yellow Sheep River's Municator
Why should China rely on American do gooders when they can build their own cheap laptops? Yellow Sheep River has come up with a spec for a $150 Chinese Linux laptop with a 40 GB hard drive. It has Chinese Godson chips that offer similar performance to Pentium III chips that were around in the late nineties. This device also plugs into televisions. Read more here.

Dream Dragon
We don't know much about this product except what we read on this website: The "Dream Dragon" computer, being developed as a joint venture by the Jiangsu Menglan Group and China's Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), is currently set to cost about US$131. It utilizes a line of low cost central processing units (CPUs) named "Loongson" being developed by the ICT and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Like the Classmate and XO-1, it runs on Linux, though it is aimed at low income and rural Chinese students. See: this Speroforum post.

Sinomanic is a Chinese branded laptop that will go on the market for $129 to $392.
As of this weekend, there is yet another cheap laptop competitor in the Chinese market - none other than Lenovo, arguably the original cheap Chinese PC computer manufacturer. [...]

China isn't just working on cheap laptops for kids, but also cheap micro computers for homes, that can even plug into TV sets. It's part of a strategy to bring their large poorer inland population on-line.

Read the whole article for more links and a photo of the small (but practical?) Municator.

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At Sun Sep 16, 08:54:00 AM 2007, Blogger wayan said...

You might want to check out the full array of OLPC alternatives that infoDev is tracking. Quite a list, but I'm still confident the XO is the best of the lot.

At Mon Sep 17, 10:56:00 AM 2007, Blogger Chas said...

Thanks Wayan, that's an interesting link.


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