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10-inch Android-based Ultrabook Rival Pops Up For £100

A new breed of ARM-based Android laptops that share a lot in common with smartphones and tablets are set to appear next year, and we've managed to track down the cheapest such laptop on sale in the UK from a company called

The company sells the device for only £100, which is based on a single core VIA 8650 chipset clocked at 800MHz, roughly equivalent to the chip inside the Orange San Francisco II.

It carries 256MB RAM, 2GB onboard storage which can be increased to 34GB by buying a 32GB microSD card for a mere £18.

There's a 10.1-inch 1024x600 pixel display (the same as on most netbooks), Wi-Fi, Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a built in App Store (not the official one though) and Android 2.2 Froyo.

There's likely to be no support for Ice Cream Sandwich because of the low onboard memory. The laptop will run flash and therefore Youtube and a host of other apps.

At 28mm and weighing 900g, it promises to be as portable as other similar devices we've seen in the past, including the Toshba AC100 and the Apple MacBook air. Battery life could be better though at just four hours (even though a 3000mAh battery is used).

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