Archos is known for its affordable smartphones and tablets based on Google’s mobile OS and now, the company plans to foray into the Android laptop market as well, which is still in its infancy, with the ArcBook. The notebook will go on sale in the US next month and it carries a very affordable price tag of just $169.99.
The ArcBook isn’t the first Android based laptop to hit the market. The Lenovo A10 has been around for quite some time now and HP is working on the high-end SlateBook 14 based on the Nvidia Tegra chipset. Archos’ notebook is said to be Google certified which means that it comes with access to a various features and services from the search giant. The device falls in the 10.1-inch category offering a touchscreen with a full-size keyboard and trackpad.
For the said price, you’ll be treated to disappointing hardware. The display offers 1024 x 600p resolution and the notebook is preloaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If that isn’t enough, there’s a dual core Cortex A9 clocked at 1.2GHz doing the heavy lifting with 1GB of RAM. Archos states that there will be 8GB of onboard storage and 15GB of free Google Drive cloud space. The laptop also sports a full USB port and a microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB.
The Archos ArcBook should make a pretty decent laptop for youngsters as it provides access to a plethora of popular apps, over 9 hours of battery life and an attractive design amongst others, all at a very affordable price. So do you think this notebook is worth buying?
Here’s a list of the specs:
– Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
– 10.1-inch WSVGA display
– Dual core RK3168 1.2GHz SOC
– 1GB RAM, 8GB storage
– USB 2.0, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi
– 8000mAh battery