Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. lschiedel's Avatar
    Posts
    10 Posts
    Global Posts
    12 Global Posts
       #1  
    So how hard would it be to make our own alternative Folio that could retail for $199?
    Start off with the One Laptop Per Child latop : $199 ???
    Remove the hard drive and its IDE or SATA controller.
    Replace with 256 MB of flash (1/2 for OS, 1/2 for internal storage).
    Reduce the memory. (drop down to 128MB dram, or even 64MB).
    Replace MS Windows with Linux (if the OLPC uses windows).
    Add a WIFI b/g card or chip (plus bluetooth???).
    Replace the windows compatible chip with cheaper PDA class???
    (is a 600Mhz Xscale any cheaper than the cheapest Intel or AMD that the OLPC machine uses?)
    Replace the 12" LCD with a smaller 10" or even 8" screen???

    What do you think, could a company build and retail for this amount?

    Of course, if this isn't a "not for profit" company, they would need to make money off this product. (how much of the Folio is profit margin?)

    I think if this could be made as a cheap + portable, webbrowser + office app laptop for school children or secondary one for homes with wifi, and price it at the $99 to $199 area, this could sell well.

    It would NOT be a laptop replacement, it would be a web browser and email and chat + word processor machine for kids (especially at school, library, or at WIFI enabled homes where the main machine is in use).
  2. migs's Avatar
    Posts
    875 Posts
    Global Posts
    989 Global Posts
    #2  
    There is a discussion and poll debating if you would purchase a Folio if it was under $200 please vote if you havent yet.
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...=144104&page=2
  3. #3  
    Really to get the functionality of the folio Why couldn't pal just put an external video port on a Treo and then use a bluetooth keyboard?
  4. lschiedel's Avatar
    Posts
    10 Posts
    Global Posts
    12 Global Posts
       #4  
    Quote Originally Posted by migs View Post
    There is a discussion and poll debating if you would purchase a Folio if it was under $200 please vote if you havent yet.
    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...=144104&page=2
    I already replied in that thread.

    The point of this thread was to examine if it is even feasible (and how) to price a folio-like product at under $200.

    I wanted people's opinions on whether the hardware components in the folio could be put together for that price given that the OLPC device is more powerfull (if heavier) but should be < $200.
  5. cgk
    cgk is offline
    cgk's Avatar
    Posts
    3,868 Posts
    Global Posts
    9,556 Global Posts
    #5  
    http://tinyurl.com/225x5q


    get one of those shipped in from the third world - job done (not very moral of course)...
  6. #6  
    The price depends more on volume and distribution. Price just the tooling required, and realize that, even if the parts were free, you might not get the cost down to $200 per unit unless the volume was high enough. Then if you actually want to sell these to consumers, figure how much price markup to add before the distributors and retailers want to put any on their shelves.
  7. #7  
    Quote Originally Posted by CGK View Post
    http://tinyurl.com/225x5q


    get one of those shipped in from the third world - job done (not very moral of course)...
    ooo and 800 x 480 on a 7" screen. awesome

    And you don't think Intel is subsidizing the cost of that device? Ask Negroponte.

    I thought this thread was suppose to be realistic at least anyways...

    WMExperts: News, Reviews & Podcasts + Twitter
  8. #8  
    How about this: Take the general guts of a TX, combine with a slightly larger screen, and the folding keyboard. Attach TX in landscape mode to the keyboard but make it flip-able. Redo the folding keyboard so it either folds in on itself so the TX can be flipped over it into tablet mode, or so the folding part encloses the TX when flipped down onto the keyboard.

    Yes, this would require some major retooling, but that would make it pocketable, with a full kb.
  9. #9  
    Yes, it does appear that a Treo like the TX w/ a KB would have been a better attempt than this POS. Sony UX w/ a cell radio...
    A new Avatar to commemorate Silly Season.

Posting Permissions