It looks like Archos may be releasing an Android-powered laptop in the US market soon as an FCC listing shows such a device for inspection. Showing up over at the FCC website is a device called the Archos 101 Droid Book which isn’t a surprise since the company recently applied for a trademark on the “DroidBook”.
The FCC report is as follows
- Applicant: Archos SA
- Address of Applicant: 12 Rue Ampere 91430 Igny, France
- Equipment Under Test (EUT)
- Product Name: ARCHOS 101 Droid Book
- Model No.: AC101DB
- FCC ID: SOVAC101DB
- Applicable standards: FCC CFR Title 47 Part 15 Subpart C Section 15.247:2013
- Date of sample receipt: April 14, 2014
- Date of Test: April 14-May 26, 2014
- Date of report issued: May 26, 2014
- Test Result : PASS
Very little detail is provided on the FCC filing and even the photo included only shows the bottom back portion of the device. This is because the company requested for confidentiality over the filing. “Since this design is a basis from which future technological products will evolve, ARCHOS SA considers this information to be of benefit to its competitors, and that the disclosure of information in these documents would give competitors an unfair advantage in the market.”
What we are wondering is if this Droid Book is the same product as the Archos ArcBook as what is listed in the company website, This device is also a laptop with a 10.1-inch display that also runs on the Android platform. The listed specs of this device are as follows.
- Storage: 8GB Flash memory
- Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
- CPU/GPU: RK3168 Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.2 GHz
- RAM: 1 GB
- Display: 10.1” capacitive multitouch screen, 1024 x 600 resolution
- Interfaces: USB host 2.0 to connect external devices, • Audio Jack 3.5mm , Micro SD slot
- Miscellaneous: Front camera, Single touch mouse pad with single button click, Complete keyboard with android function keys, 2 built-in speakers, Microphone
- Power source: Internal Lithium Polymer battery 8000 mAh, 5V/2A Power Adapter
- Dimensions & weight: 271.5 mm x 180.5 mm x 22 mm, 1.28 kg
- Computer interface: 2 x Micro USB 2.0 interface
The ArcBook may not have inspiring specs having only a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory however it is being sold at a low price of only $170. This device comes with a touchscreen display and a non-removable physical keyboard. There’s also the full version of OfficeSuite Pro 6 pre-installed which should help in the mobile productivity front.
If the Archos 101 Droid Book is the same device as Archos ArcBook which has just been rebranded for the US market then it pretty much has decent specs. If it will be sold at a low price then it will become an interesting alternative to the Chromebook or to Windows laptops.
One advantage that an Android laptop will have is its access to the Google Play Store which has millions of apps waiting to be downloaded. The sheer number of choices means that a user will mostt likely find an app for any given situation.