Lemote Yeeloong 8101_B, 8089_B Netbooks Feature Chinese CPU, Linux

Today we spotted a pair of unique netbooks, the Lemote Yeeloong 8101_B and 8089_B, belonging to a quite unknown kind of netbooks. They don’t feature an Intel Atom or AMD Fusion processor, nor Windows OS and are not aimed at an average consumer. Instead, the geek-centric 10.1-inch Yeeloong 8101_B and and 8.9-inch 8089_B have the Loongson 2F China-made processor and GNU/Linux OS.

Loongson chips are based on MIPS architecture. The 2F runs at between 800 and 900MHz and is 64-bit compatible. It has a built-in video controller and a power consumption of 4W. It works in conjunction with DDR2 memory.

Lemote Yeeloong 8101_B (8089_B look the same, but it's smaller)

Lemote Yeeloong 8101_B (8089_B looks similar)

By the way, Loonson is made by a company called STMicroelectronics. The chip is a part of China’s government effort to achieve a sort of independence from foreign technologies. The chip is also used in the EMTEC Gdium Liberty 1000 netbook, released back in 2009.

Regarding software, its open-source nature is not limited to operating system and apps only, but netbook’s BIOS as well. The Lemote’s netbooks come with an unspecified GNU/Linux distribution pre-loaded, which can be replaced by any other GNU/Linux distro. They are not Windows compatible.

The Lemote Yeeloong 8101_B and 8089_B include 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, 3-cell battery, a 0.3MP webcam, three USB ports, VGA out, and a 3-in-1 card reader.

Although the specifications and design are pretty outdated and software is free, the Lemote Yeeloong mini-laptops are not cheap at all. The 10.1″ version is priced at $399, while its smaller sibling is $299. Early adopters, open-source software supporters, and others can get them via Amazon.

In the Youtube video below, you can see how a Yeeloong netbook boots up.

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Danijel is a tech blogger who founded Laptoping in 2006. His specialty are Windows-based mobile PCs, from tablets and ultraportables to full blown gaming laptops.

One comment
  1. You’re watching my YouTube video above. This is not your average netbook. It’s quite slow in terms of performance. It is very reliable and well-made from my experience so far.

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