That’s the statement from the company’s website. I buy the the greenest argument, not so sure about the others. These are the specs of the new $249 tiny PC announced today:
- Freescale’s MPC5121e mobileGT processor, 800 MIPS (400 MHz) of processing
- 256 MB of DDR2 DRAM
- 4GB NAND Flash-based solid state drive
- WiFi 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- One 10/100 Ethernet with RJ-45 jack
- One VGA DB-15 display out jack
- Headphone level stereo audio out 3.5mm jack
- 9vDC 2.5mm 10 watt AC-DC adapter power supply
- Weighs 10 ounces
- 1.3” high, 5.8” x 4.2” wide
It is indeed very small, the size of an average paperback, and the power consumption is an amazing 2W only. That is, until you start using it – presumably you’d like to see what you’re doing and will need to attach a monitor. Which brings us to the issue of price. It’s really hard to find an LCD display for $150 or less, even if you go down to the 15″ range – add a keyboard and mouse, and you’re likely in the $450 range, which puts the Cherry in the range of several low end desktops, even sub-notebooks. Of course none will be as green and few as silent as the CherryPal.
CherryPal is positioned as a Cloud-PC, and it comes with 50G of free online storage, dubbed the CherryPal Cloud. Does this sound like a familiar combo? Zonbu, the $99 Green PC that Cost You $249 is quite comparable, although they charge a subscription fee, while the Cherry-Cloud is free. How can they afford it? The company says they will play ads when you start the applications.
Now, let’s go back to why I think it’s *almost* a Cloud Computer: it still has heavyweight desktop software. OpenOffice is a popular MS Office alternative, and is free, but is known as a resource hog. It’s not going to be fun on a 256MB computer. If the Cheery Pal is a Cloud PC, why not go all the way: forget desktop software, just bring up the browser and make Zoho or Google Apps the homepage.
Update: CherryPal is alive, on Twitter and lives on Jelly Bellies🙂
Update# 2: TechCrunch wants to build a $200 Web Tablet. Is this real or a joke? 🙂
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