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This $79 Laptop Redefines What 'Budget' Means

The current generation of Chromebooks and budget Windows laptops are already pretty affordable, often costing $200 or less. But with its new 11.6-inch laptop running an Android-based OS, Chinese manufacturer Allwinner has reached a shocking new low of $79.

The caveat is that in order to get that bargain basement price, you’ll have to make a bulk order on the lowest-spec model which features a quad-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU, 1GB of RAM and just 8GB of storage. However, paying an extra $20 will get you a more well-equipped model with 2GB of RAM and larger flash storage.   

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Part of the secret to Allwinner’s thrifty formula lies in its use of Remix OS, which is a desktop-tailored version of Android. That means you'll get a much more robust working environment than if you simply attached a keyboard to a traditional Android device.

Allwinner also has a 14.1-inch laptop that could cost as little as $99, but like its smaller sibling, final pricing will depend on bulk orders keeping production costs down. And even if Allwinner can’t exactly hit that $79 goal, the company's upcoming laptop line could still offer a 50 percent savings over what’s on the market right now. If you want to get a closer look, check out a hands-on video from the folks at

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Sam is a former penguin trainer and archery instructor who dabbles in esports and has lived on three different continents. If you have some comments on new tech or the best noodle spots in NYC, drop a line @SamRutherford.