Toshiba unveils Android netbook

Toshiba have entered the mobile internet device market by introducing the Toshiba AC100, which is designed with a clamshell form factor. According to Toshiba the AC100 can remain in standby mode for up to seven days.

“Our smart companion, the AC100, is a member of the mobile internet device segment that combines the best of two product categories: like a smartphone, it is always on, whilst offering the convenience of a clamshell netbook with a bigger screen and a full size keyboard,” says Andre Rossouw, Regional General Manager for Toshiba South Africa.

According to Toshiba the device uses an Android-based operating system which takes less than a second to switch from standby mode to “full activity mode.” Toshiba said that when used intensively to browse the Internet and watch videos the battery lasts at least eight hours.

The AC100 sports a black and orange finish it ships with applications pre-installed such as Documents To Go®, for viewing and editing Microsoft Office files, an E-mail Client with POP3, IMAP and Exchange support, a messaging client, Opera Mobile for browsing the web as well as Toshiba Media Player.

And to spice things up the AC100 allows for up to five customisable home screens. The device can be configured to switch between screens depending on the Service Set Identifier (SSID) of the Wi-Fi access point you’re connected to.

Toshiba said that the AC100 will be available in South Africa from October 2010 at a recommended retail price of R4999.00.

Technical specifications:

  • Processor: NVIDIA® Tegra™ 250 Mobile Processor (1GH, ARM)
  • Operating System: Android 2.1
  • RAM: 512 MB DDR2 (333 MHz)
  • Storage: Up to 32GB SSD
  • Display: 25.7cm (10.1”) TruBrite® display with LED backlight, 1024×600 pixels
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR*, WLAN (802.11 b/g/n), Mobile Broadband*
  • Interfaces: 1 x USB 2.0, 1x Mini USB, Card Reader (SD, MMC), Audio out/Mic in combo socket, HDMI®
  • Integrated camera and mic: 1.3 MPixel Webcam with integrated microphone
  • Size: 262.1mm x 189.8mm x 14 / 21mm
  • Weight: starting at 870g

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*UPDATE: Added confirmed specifications from Toshiba SA.

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