French manufacturer Archos has just announced its new notebook alternative called the Arcbook. This packs all the features of a notebook/netbook in a compact form factor coupled with the versatility of the Android platform.
It has a non-detachable keyboard as well, so it is a full blown mini computer, but running on Android. Thankfully, it comes with a touchscreen as well, so you might not find much use for the keyboard unless you’re typing.
It’s certainly a very good concept and one which has been tried before, but Archos will feel it has the competitive edge given its wide reach across Europe and even parts of Asia and North America to some extent. To keep the costs at bay, the hardware isn’t as flattering as one would expect.
The Arcbook comes with a 10.1 inch 1024×600 resolution display, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It also has a front facing camera for video calls and self-portraits. Users have full access to Google Play and can download practically any app or game as long as it’s compatible with the device.
The price has been set at $169.99 which is quite attractive, even though the hardware is nothing to write home about. Archos claims that the Arcbook will be made available in June, possibly via online retailers like Best Buy or Amazon.