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Rival to EEE, OLPC laptops announced

Everex, the company behind the USD 199 Google PC, has admitted that it is preparing a ultra mobile computer not unlike Asus' EEE laptop, according to Linuxdevices (opens in new tab).

The laptop, called Cloudbook, will be powered by a 1.2GHz Via C7 Ultra Low Voltage processor. Despite having a clock speed twice higher than the EEE's Celeron ULV, the Via C7 should end up being only marginally quicker.

Other notable features include a 7-inch LCD screen a 30GB hard disk drive and the option of a 1.2MP webcam

The Cloudbook will formally appear in January under the name of CE1200v. The first pictures of the laptop on Linuxdevices shows a laptop is quite different from the EEE.

The Cloudbook doesn't have a touchpad - a huge disappointment - but it does come with a DVI port on the left which is a bit puzzling, a TV Out or a normal D Sub port would probably have been better

Also, there's only two USB ports, one less than the EEE and the fact that it comes with a traditional hard disk drive, albeit of a larger capacity, makes it more prone to mechanical problems in the long run.

An anonymous source also added that the laptop will come with 512MB RAM and WiFi as well and will carry a USD 400 tag which will pit it firmly against the lower end

Everex is planning a Developer version with a touch screen as well which will come with the Everex-Sponsored gOS Linux operating system source code.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.