The Simmtronics Simmbook is one of those devices that needs to be in emerging markets. There is plenty of competition in markets like the United States, Japan, and Europe, so a netbook of this caliber just makes more sense where less money, means more of an opportunity. The Simmbook is being helped along by a partnership from its parent company, with IBM and Canonical, all in hopes to bring the little netbook to markets for less than its current $190 price tag.
The Simmbook is going to be running Ubuntu Netbook Remix, along with IBM's Client for Smart Work. That includes Lotus Symphony, along with various access points for cloud-based services. Digging deeper into the guts of the Simmbook, you'll find an Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a minimal 3-cell battery. It also has a standard 10-inch screen.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in (...), then you can pick up the Simmbook right now for only $190. A very low price tag, but as you can see, there's not much there to go on. There are some upgrades available, but we can't really picture that helping the overall situation all that much. Simmtronics is hoping that with IBM's and Canonical's help, that they can bring the netbook to markets all around the world, all for a "competitive price." We would assume that $190 is competitive in most places, so if emerging markets are indeed the destination of this little netbook, we can probably expect to see somewhere in the ballpark of $75 when the time comes.