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Archos Undercuts Chromebook Market, Unveils Android-based ArcBook for $170

by Maximum PC | May 17, 2014May 17, 2014 6:00 am PST

Basically a netbook with Android running the show

You may have thought that netbooks had vanished from the modern era, but that’s only partially true. Nobody really cares about Windows-based netbooks anymore, but would they buy one built around Android? Archos is determined to find out with its ArcBook, a 10.1-inch laptop running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. We’ve seen low cost Android laptops before, but according to Archos, the ArcBook is the world’s first Android netbook with a touchscreen display.

The capacitive touchscreen display sports a 1024×600 resolution and is powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card slot,, two micro USB 2.0 ports, a full-size USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm audio jack, bulit-in Wi-Fi, a pair of speakers, and a front-facing camera.

There’s a full keyboard and trackpad to play with, which you can use to work with the preinstalled Office Suite 6 productivity software. You can also access Google Play.

Look for the Archos ArcBook to ship in June for $170.

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