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.