Toshiba was the first, back in 2010, to introduce a netbook which featured the same internal features as a smartphone, but adjusted to the form factor of an Ultrabook; it was called the Toshiba AC100-10U, and although it was a commercial failure, we consider it as the blueprint on which future Android ultraportables will be built.
It is currently available for £150 from BCC, complete with one year warranty.
The netbook has almost the same configuration as the beleaguered Toshiba Folio 100 tablet: there's an Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, an 8GB onboard hard disk drive, a 1024x600 pixel TruBrite LED backlit TFT, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, an SD card reader and it weighs a mere 870g with a full QWERTY keyboard.
Incredibly, it can also run for a full eight hours with a seven day standby with instant on functionality. It is powered by Android 2.1 and Toshiba also offers an official update to Froyo, but not Gingerbread.
Expect a slew of similar devices to be unleashed in 2012 as the build up to the launch of Windows 8 for ARM continues; with Qualcomm, Nvidia, Texas Instruments and possibly ST-Ericsson providing the chipsets.