Chinese company Lanyu is selling what very well may be the cheapest netbook available. At least, it is if you’re willing to stretch your definition of the word netbook slightly. The Lanyu eBook LY-EB01 is a 7 inch clamshell-style device with a QWERTY keyboard and an 800 x 480 pixel display. It has a 266MHz ARM-based processor and runs Windows CE 5.0.
The computer measures 8.4″ x 5.6″ x 1.2″ and weighs just 1.3 pounds. It has 64MB to 128MB of RAM and between 2GB and 8GB of Flash storage, depending on the configuration. It has an 1800mAh 7.4V Li-Ion battery that can reportedly power the machine for up to 5 hours with WiFi on and another 2 hours if you shut off the WiFi.
Most impressive is the price tag: just 666 yuan, or about $97 US. The product description states that the price doesn’t include wireless. That’ll cost you an extra 60 yuan or about $8.78, bringing the price closer to $106, which is still pretty darn cheap.
Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard tell of a sub-$100 netbook. Last year a company called HiVision started showing off a similar 7 inch netbook with a 400MHz MIPS-based processor that was supposed to sell for $98. But I have yet to see a retail product listing for that netbook anywhere. Of course, it’s possible that the $97 price tag for the Lanyu eBook LY-EB01 is only for re-sellers placing bulk orders. But to be honest, based on the specs, I don’t think this little laptop is worth much more than $100.