The first functional prototype of the $100 laptop was recently unveiled at the Seven Countries Task Force meeting last week. These computers will be made available to children in third world and developing countries through the One Laptop Per Child initiative.
The $100 laptop is no longer expected to cost $100 when it is expected to be made available during mid-2007. Rather, the price will initially be about $135. The $100 price point won’t be possible until late 2008, and won’t be a reality until at least 5 million units have been manufactured. The price may drop below $100 eventually, when even more units are produced.
The increase in price is significant – over 40% – however, governments still seem to be interested. A meeting was recently held and attended by representatives from Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Nigeria, India and several other countries, who all expressed interest in the program.
The laptops will be available in shades of green, yellow & orange, and blue (see photo). It is important to note that the screen displays on the prototypes are 25% smaller than those that will be mass produced. Each of the laptops in the photo is slightly different – some include speakers and four-way controllers around the screen, while some do not. The laptops will run on Linux technology, which significantly reduces costs and may in turn help catapult Linux into more mainstream acceptance.
For more photos of the laptops, check out the photoset on Flickr.