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Toshiba AC100 Quasi Chromebook Now Available From £140

Toshiba's attempt to produce something similar to the Chromebook might have failed, but its legacy remains with us in the form of the AC100, a laptop that weighs under 900g, comes with 3G and runs on Android.

Its price has now been cut (opens in new tab) to a mere £140, a 44 per cent discount off its original suggested selling price and the devices, although refurbished, come with one year warranty from the manufacturer.

The AC100 is supposed to combine "the functionality of a smartphone" and the "usability of a netbook" but whilst its hardware is well capable of handling Android, it is let down by the software limitations.

In a nutshell, you get the equivalent of a smartphone with a keypad with a thickness of 21mm and a weight of 870g. There's a dual core Tegra 250 SoC clocked at 1GHz, a 10.1-inch WSVGA LED backlit TruBrite TFT display, 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a card reader, an integrated 1.3-megapixel camera, USB OTG and a 25Whr battery that can provide up to eight hours worth of battery life.

Since its release last year, Toshiba has provided an update to Froyo (Android 2.2) which brings a much needed performance boost as well as Adobe Flash support. There's also the Toshiba market and the 3G hotspot (which converts the laptop into a wireless 3G router).

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.