"We aren't looking to compete with the mainstream PC brands such as Lenovo and Apple as we are in a different class altogether," Zhang Fuxin, an engineer at the Chinese institute, said. The laptop uses Linux software and does not support Microsoft's Windows program, he said.
"There are a lot fewer applications that run on Linux, and this may affect the acceptance," said Frank Shi, an analyst at CLSA in Hong Kong. "But price is the key. The growth rate for computers in the low-end market is faster than in the high-end market."