HiVision made headlines a while back when the company began showing off a netbook it said could be sold for as little as $98. I’m pretty sure there was a misunderstanding, and that HiVision was looking for distributors that would pay the company $98 for the netbook and turn around and sell it to customers for somewhere between $100 and $200. But no matter how you cut it, HiVision has some cheap netbooks in its arsenal.
Now Asus Eee Hacks has posted unboxing photos of a HiVision PW700B evaluation unit.While the actual price may not be clear, here’s a rundown of this tiny laptop’s specifications:
- CPU: 360MHz Ingenic JZ4740 32-bit processor
- Display: 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixels
- Storage: 2GB flash memory
- RAM: 128MB SDRAM 133MHz
- I/O: 2 USB 1.1 ports, SD/MMC card slot
- Connectivity: 10/100MB Ethernet, 802.11b/g WiFi
- Operating System: Linux distribution based on Linux 188.8.131.52 kernel
- Battery: 3000mAh, 3 hours
- Weight: 1.4 pounds / 650 grams
- Dimensions: 8.5″ x 5.7″ / 21.5 x 14.4cm
The HiVision PW700B also has an 80 key keyboard, which I can’t imagine is horribly comfortable to type on. While this may be one of the cheapest and smallest netbooks around, it’s far from the most capable. And at a time when you can often find more powerful mini-laptops like the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and Asus Eee PC 900A on sale for $200 or less, it’s kind of hard to justify spending money on a machine with 128MB of RAM and a 360MHz CPU.
Still, the PW700B might be attractive for businesses that want to order in bulk and customize these netbooks for their own corporate purposes.
You can find more unboxing photos at Asus Eee Hacks.
HiVision also showed off a number of other netbooks, many with larger screens and more powerful processors at CES in January.