Vodafone Launches Cheapo ARM Laptop But Not In UK

Vodafone has started to sell an ARM-based laptop in South Africa via its Vodacom subsidiary for as little as R1499 or roughly £135; sadly though we've received confirmation that the device - which Vodafone calls a Webbook (like Elonex) won't be on sale in the UK for the foreseeable future.

We don't know what processor powers the laptop but it looks a lot like a traditional netbook and sports 512MB RAM and 4GB onboard storage, just like the first Netbook on the market, the Asus Eee PC 101 three years ago.

The laptop runs on Ubuntu and comes with a two year warranty. From the stock photos, we can see that it has USB ports, a 10.1-inch screen (probably a 1024x600 pixel one), a webcam and what seems like a decent keyboard.

Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO, said, “we are delighted to provide the operating system for the Vodafone Webbook. Ubuntu’s founding principle is to remove the barriers of access to computing for everyone, and products like this give hope of connectivity to people all over the world.”

Strangely enough the laptop is labelled Vodafone rather than Vodacom which leaves us to believe that the mobile phone operator may, at some point in the future, choose to introduce it elsewhere.