In addition to the Toshiba Libretto W100, Toshiba also announced the AC100, which is the company’s first smartbook. The new smartbook has a 10-inch display, NVIDIA Tegra processor, and Google Android 2.1 OS.
A smartbook is a combination of a smartphone and a netbook, running on an ARM-based processor. It combines the features you would find in a smartphone placed in a netbook or tablet form factor. Though most smartbooks sport a touchscreen, the AC100 does not.
- 10.1-inch display (1024×600)
- 1GHz ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra TM250
- 512MB RAM
- 8 – 32GB of flash storage
- 1.3-megapixel webcam
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi (optional 3G)
- USB/mini USB (only for mouse, keyboard, or external hard drive)
- SD card slot
- 8 hour battery life (180 hours of standby)
- Google Android 2.1
- 1.9 pounds
The Toshiba AC100 replaces the Android browser with the Opera Mobile Web Browser. The smartbook also comes with
- Documents To Go – Allows for editing of Microsoft Office documents
- Fring – Chatting client
- An email client – Supports POP3, IMAP, and Exchange accounts
- Custom Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter widgets.
- Tosh Media Player – Supports HD 1080P video playback
The AC100 isn’t without a few shortcomings. It currently does not support Flash, though Toshiba claims that will be fixed with the Android 2.2 update in the coming months. Also, the USB port can only be used for a mouse, keyboard, or external hard drive. Plugging in other USB peripherals, such as printers or cameras, will not work.
There is no information on a US release date or price, but it will be shipping soon in Japan for the equivalent of $438 to $548. Expect a US version release to be announced in the coming months.