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Toshiba Announces The AC100 Android Device

For the first time ever, a big brand has announced a netbook that runs something different; Toshiba has come up with the AC100, a netbook that runs Android 2.1 on an Nvidia Tegra SoC, instead of the usual Intel Atom/Windows 7 Starter combination.

At 870g and 14mm thin, the AC100's specifications are pretty interesting; it sports a 10.1-inch LED backlit screen that can show 1024 x 600 pixels, an Nvidia Tegra 250processorrunning at 1GHz, a webcam, 512MB RAM and 8GB onboard storage (which can be upgraded via the onboard SD card reader).

The AC100 also comes with Opera Mobile, Documents to Go - an application that allows you to view Microsoft Office files but surprisingly enough no default Google Applications like Google Maps or Gmail. Other than that there's a pair of USB ports, a card reader, HDMI (yep!), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and optional 3G.

Toshiba hasn't confirmed how long the device should last in normal usage and hasn't confirmed when it will be available in the UK and at what price. So after the Aspire D250, the Compaq Airlife and the Lenovo Skylight, we've FINALLY got a working Android netbook from a top-tier manufacturer.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.