Archos debuts Android-based £140 budget ArcBook
French tech company Archos has just announced its newest touchscreen enabled laptop: the ArcBook, an Android powered netbook with a budget price of £140.
“Archos ArcBook combines a consumer-friendly tablet experience with the productivity of a netbook,” Archos CEO Loïc Poirier said in a press release. “The ARCHOS ArcBook furthers our commitment to providing feature-rich, consumer-friendly technology at an affordable price.”
The ArcBook is said to be designed for students and mobile professionals, featuring a 10.1-inch touchscreen with a 1024×600 resolution and a full keyboard with integrated Android shortcuts keys to make navigating the mobile OS easier.
Other key specs include:
- Storage: 8GB Flash memory
- OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- CPU/GPU: RK3168 Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.2 GHz
- RAM: 1GB
- Other: front-facing camera, twin speakers ,MicroSD card slot, 2 micro-USB 2.0 ports
The company is obviously not boasting top-of-the-line specs, but this new netbook will surely be enough for performing basic tasks such as creating documents, listening to music and viewing videos. Weighing in at 1.28kg, Archos also promises ten hours of battery life with the device – that’s great for portable productivity.
The ArcBook will also come preloaded with Office Suite Pro 6 which is compatible with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files, and just like any Android device of course, users will have full access to the Google Play store.
Competing with the lower-end of the market against perhaps more with Android tablets than Chromebooks, the £140 ArcBook is said to be available in the UK sometimes in June.
Will you be snagging one up for £140, is it better than a Chromebook? Or would you rather splash that money on perhaps a gadget like this?