Apr 21st, 2009

Guangzhou Thienthone transmission technology is on a mission to bring technology to children in developing countries by way of their low-cost netbooks and e-education terminals. While the company’s corporate goals are states as providing, “a range of low-cost broadband terminals, so that more people can use the broadband network, reduce the digital divide and improve the problem of wealth disparity,” there is no reason we can’t ALL enjoy the fruits of their labor… especially when it includes an Android Netbook!

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This Chinese company uses the “Skytone” brand and it is pretty apparent that the original website is in Chinese – click on “English” in the upper right hand corner and the new title headlining their product lineup is “Enterprise Propaganda”:

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Feed us all the propaganda you would like, dear Skytone, for we are hungry for Android! A closer look at the device from various angles? Why of course:

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And arguably the most important part… specs:

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Not the most amazing specs in the world, we agree. But guess what the rumored price target is for this bad boy? $99 bucks. That’s right folks, an Android Netbook for $99 bucks. Granted there are a few things to keep in mind, namely this is just a rumor, the price could change or be different, the computer could totally suck, it might never launch, it might only be available in China, and the list goes on…

If this truly cost $99 and was the first Android Netbook, I would waste NO time in buying it. For a hundred bucks what do you have to lose? Are you listening Skytone/Guangzhou Thienthone transmission technology? With WiFi, 3G, capacitative touch screen and full 80-key keyboard I’m not sure how you can go wrong. Of course the 128MB RAM and 1GB of flash storage are pretty poor… but hey, we’ve got room to grow (and there is an optional upgrade to 256MB RAM and 4GB, if that counts for anything).

[Skytone.net.cn via Twitter via Joey Cupcake]

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