$100 Laptop Gets Price Increase

One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte used the Wall Street Journal's D Conference in Southern California Wednesday to show off a prototype of the much-anticipated $100 laptop for emerging markets. However, he acknowledged that the device will initially be priced around $130 to $140 USD.

Negroponte expects to begin shipping the laptop, which will feature wireless mesh networking and run Fedora Linux, to governments starting April 2007. He said the $100 price point will be possible by the end of 2008, and added that manufacturing will need to hit at least 5 million units to make that a reality.

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