Monday, June 28, 2010

Toshiba AC-100: An Android-Tegra based smartbook

To celebrate its 25 years of introducing the first commercial laptop, Toshiba released a slew of new products. Toshiba released a new smartbook- the Toshiba AC100.

It is the first 3G-Android-Tegra device in the market.

The Toshiba AC100 MID smartbook packs a 10.1 inch LED backlit screen that can play 1080p video. It is 0.8 inches thick and weighs less 1.9lbs.

The device runs on Android 2.1. Soon users would get Android 2.2 update that would support Flash 10.1.

It is powered by NVIDIA’s 1 GHz dual-core, Tegra 250 processor. Other features include 8GB NAND flash memory, 16GB storage, 512MB RAM, 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. The 3G feature is optional.

The AC100 has SD card reader, two USB ports (including one mini-USB port) and HDMI port. Though Android 2.1 is built to operate touch enabled devices, Toshiba AC 100 does not have any touch screen. It comes with a regular keyboard and trackpad. For this reason, Toshiba included Opera Mobile browser instead of standard Android WebKit-browser that supports touchscreen.

The smartbook operates in “Always-On” mode just like the iPad. It has less than

8-hour battery backup while browsing and watching video and seven day standby time.

Pre-installed applications include Opera Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Fring, a MS Office document editor, an email client, and the Toshiba Media Player. The device can not access the Android Marketplace but users can access applications and widgets from another source.

Users can set up to 5 homescreens which can be changed according to work, life profile and GPS positioning.

The Toshiba AC 100 will be released in the third quarter of 2010 in Europe, Middle East and Africa. It will be released in the U.S next year. It will be launched in Japan in late August as Dynabook AZ and would cost $441.

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