Elonex ONE

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The Elonex ONE (also referred to as ONE) is a netbook computer marketed to the education sector by Elonex. The ONE's operating system is called Linos, based on Linux kernel 2.6.21,[1] has Wi-Fi connectivity, Ethernet networking, a solid-state hard drive, two USB ports and weighs less than 1 kg.[2]

The ONE has been described by Elonex as the cheapest laptop in the UK and will retail for £99 in the UK. Its official unveiling took place on 28 February 2008 at The Education Show at the NEC in Birmingham[3] and a shipping date of June 2008 was announced.[4] Customer deliveries started in August 2008.[5]

In February 2008, Elonex stated their vision is for "every pupil to have their own laptop" to "improve computer literacy across the nation". Elonex have aligned the cost of the ONE with the aims of the DCSF closing the achievement gap between those from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. To support this initiative Elonex have committed to "donate 1 ONE to underprivileged children from disadvantaged areas for every hundred sold".[6]


The hardware specifications published on 28 February 2008.[7] The "LNX Code 8" is also the CPU used in the Elonex One+, One T, and One T+ ultra-low-cost notebook computers.[8] While Elonex declined to release information on the designer and manufacturer of the processor, [9] Engadget reported that the One could be a rebranded Fontastic A-View laptop,[10] which would make the processor an x86-compatible 300MHz Aday5F.[11]

Processor, Main Memory[edit]

  • LNX Code 8 Mobile 300 MHz Processor
  • Dedicated Linux Memory 128 MB DDR-II SD RAM (256 MB in upgraded model)
  • On-board 1 GB Flash Memory, optimised for Linux (2 GB in upgraded model)
  • Removable 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB wristvault (sold separately)

Dimensions, Casing[edit]

  • Display: 7 inch (18 cm) High Resolution TFT LCD display; 800 x 480px Widescreen
  • Dimension: 22 cm x 15 cm x 3 cm (W x L x H)
  • Weight: 0.95 kg
  • Interchangeable Outer Rubberised Skin (Optional)
  • Splash-proof, removable QWERTY keyboard


Peripherals, Ports[edit]

  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 built-in speakers
  • 3.5 mm audio-in/mic
  • 3.5 mm headphones
  • 2 Mouse emulators (one on keyboard and one on rear of device, advertised as for Tablet use)


  • Integrated 3 cell Battery – approximately 4 hours usage
  • Power adapter

Operating System[edit]

  • LinuxLinos 2.6.21 operating system, with pre-installed software bundle

Similar devices[edit]

The ONE is similar to the A-View or AW-300 A-BOOK products from Aware.[12] They use an Aday 5F-300 MHz X86 processor. An earlier Aware product the AW-150 is sold in the US for $199 as the MiTYBOOK.[13][14]

Elonex revealed further notebook models at Computex in June 2008.[15][16][17] Elonex introduced the One successor at IFA 2009. It's a smartbook based on ARM 11 CPA and Windows CE OS.[18]


  1. ^ Linux kernel 2.6.21
  2. ^ Elonex website
  3. ^ Reg Hardware preview dated 19 February 2008
  4. ^ "Elonex £99 Eee PC rival to arrive in June" Reg Hardware, dated 28 February 2008
  5. ^ Elonex ONE un-boxed, first look review
  6. ^ Elonex ONE Vision
  7. ^ Hardware specifications on ElonexOne site
  8. ^ Smith, Tony (September 12, 2008). "Netbooks and Mini-Laptops: They're little and we love 'em. But which ones are best?"". The Register. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  9. ^ Hales, Paul (February 20, 2008). "Elonex £100 laptop specs leaked". The Inquirer. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  10. ^ Block, Ryan (February 17, 2008). "Elonex One: England's 100 quid laptop". Engaget. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Another "simple" Linux UMPC, Fontastic A-view Simple PC". jkkmobile.com. January 25, 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  12. ^ Aware AW-300
  13. ^ MiTYBOOK
  14. ^ Aware Electronics Inc.,Ltd History Archived 8 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Taipei Trade Shows
  16. ^ Taipei Trade Shows
  17. ^ Taipei Trade Shows
  18. ^ Elonex new smartbooks and netbooks at IFA