There’s a real laptop that you can order right now for just $69. Yes, the whole laptop. Not just a replacement battery or a charging brick for it.
Let’s clarify right off the bat: the $69 price tag is for the first 200 units that will be shipped to Azpen Innovations’ Kickstarter backers. But those supporters really will get an actual laptop — with a screen, keyboard, touchpad — the whole works. Azpen is crowdfunding development of the Hybrx, an 11.6-inch laptop that runs Remix OS. For the unfamiliar, Remix is an aptly named popular Android remix that’s been tweaked to be a bit friendlier to use on desktops and laptops.
How on Earth did they manage to build a laptop that they can sell — even as a pledge perk — at $69? It all starts with the CPU. The Hybrx isn’t running an Intel or AMD processor. It’s not even using an Exynos or Snapdragon. It’s powered by a quad-core AllWinner A64. It’s not going to blow you away with its performance, but it’s plenty capable for basic computing tasks like browsing, casual gaming, and streaming video or music.
The base Hybrx config will come with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. They’re also offering a model with 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage, and it’s only an extra $20 to double up. Sure, these are crowdfunding prices, but if Azpen can afford to let several hundred go at these prices it won’t be long before other manufacturers start pumping out similar configs at the same price points.
Oh and don’t worry if the lower tiers are all gone before you get a chance to pledge for a Hybrx of your own. Just opt for the $275 tier instead and yourself a new primary laptop and two spares — because why the heck not at that price?