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LITTLE KNOWN HARDWARE MAKER Archos unveiled the Arcbook on Monday, a touchscreen netbook running Android priced at just £140.
While we aren't sure that anybody is still in the market for a netbook, Archos seems to think otherwise, as it launched the Android-powered Archos Arcbook on Monday.
Archos CEO Loic Poirier said, "Archos Arcbook combines a consumer friendly tablet experience with the productivity of a netbook.The Archos Arcbook further outs our commitment to providing feature-rich, consumer friendly technology at an affordable price."
The device combines a 10.1in 1024x600 resolution touchscreen display with a full keyboard, complete with integrated Android shortcut keys and two full USB 2.0 ports. Office Suite Pro 6 comes pre-installed too, with Archos claiming the device is ideal for "mobile professionals".
Unfortunately, the Archos Arcbook uses Google's obsolescent Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, with no word as to whether it will be updated to Android 4.4 Kitkat. However, you'll still find all of the usual Android features, with the netbook offering access to Google Play along with 15GB of free Google Drive storage.
Other specifications include a microSD card slot supporting an additional 64GB storage, WiFi connectivity and a front-facing camera. The Archos Arcbook is pretty small too, tipping the scales at 1.28kg, a few grams heavier than the 1.08kg Macbook Air.
Under the bonnet there's a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex chip and an 8,000mAh battery, which the firm claims will offer up to 10 hours' use.
The Archos Arcbook will be available in the UK next month, priced at a modest £139.99. µ
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