updated 11:30 am EDT, Mon June 21, 2010
Toshiba AC100 gets Tegra 250, Android
Toshiba's last portable launch of the day is as equally unique as the others, as it signals the company's first step into smartbooks. The AC100 is just 0.8 inches thick and weighs 1.9 pounds but should be capable of more than an Intel notebook through its processor. Through a 1GHz, dual-core Tegra 250, it should handle HD video but still survive for up to seven hours on a charge.
The 10-inch portable is one of Toshiba's first Android devices and runs Android 2.1 with a custom UI that gives it easier file system access, media players, DLNA media sharing and social network update widgets. Documents to Go and Opera Mobile give it Office editing and alternative web browsing.
Use of a mobile OS keeps the specs light, as the AC100 can run on 512MB of RAM and 16GB of storage. 3G is strictly optional, but 802.11n Wi-Fi is built-in, as are other frequent netbook-like features ranging from Bluetooth 2.1 to a webcam. Its size and OS don't preclude HDMI video output or a pair of USB ports, one of which is mini USB, but it uses a trackpad and keyboard in place of a touchscreen UI.
North American details if any aren't know, but the AC100 will reach Japan as the Dynabook AZ and cost about the equivalent of $441 when it ships in late August.