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Toshiba AC100 puts Android in a netbook with 8 hours of battery life

June 21, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Devices


You may wonder whatever happened to all of those Android-based netbooks we were promised? You’re probably wondering what happened to netbooks.

Toshiba has answered with the AC100, an Android netbook that has 8 hours of battery life and 7 days of standby time. Available this August, price yet to be announced, the AC100 will load quickly and last fairly long. The 10.1-inch screen netbook has Android 2.1, an NVIDIA Tegra 250 1GHz processor, 1,024 x 600 resolution, and a custom user interface optimized for running Android on a netbook. The custom homescreen has a feature that allows users to set-up shortcuts and profiles dependent on locations, so you can create a work-optimized interface that will turn off and revert to the default when the device detects you are no longer in range of the office.

The AC100 comes in black and orange, which sounds a lot worse than it really is. The color scheme actually looks appealing based on photos and hands-on videos, so there’s no need to worry about ugly Halloween-ish colors muddying up your new netbook. You also won’t be too upset with the slim build at 14mm at its thinnest point and light at 870g. Take a look at the promo video and full list of specs to see for yourself:

  • Android 2.1 NVIDIA®
  • Tegra 250 Mobile Processor (1GH, ARM)
  • RAM: 512 MB DDR2 (333 MHz)
  • 8GB flash storage (NAND)
  • 25.7cm (10.1”) TruBrite® display with LED backlight, 1,024 x 600 pixels
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR*, WLAN (802.11 b/g/n), Mobile Broadband 1 x USB 2.0, 1x Mini USB
  • Card Reader (SD, MMC)
  • Audio out/Mic in combo socket
  • HDMI®
  • 1.3 MP webcam with integrated microphone
  • Location based switchable desktop
  • Toshiba Home Menu, a customisable desktop with widgets and shortcuts
  • Size: 262mm x 190mm x 14 / 21mm Weight: starting at 870g

video via Netbooked