Google’s Chromebook might be busy trying to hammer the final nail in the netbook’s coffin, however the search giant’s Chrome OS platform will soon receive a little competition from a familiar operating system. Today, Archos announced its new ArcBook, a $170 touchscreen netbook powered by Android.
For less than the price of most tablets, you’ll get a 10.1-inch 1,200 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 clocked at 1.2GHz and a stale taste of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. As for the ArcBook’s netbook-like qualities, there’s a “full-fledged” physical keyboard, a full size USB 2.0 port and a chunky 8,000mAh battery capable of producing over 10 hours of power.
If the aforementioned specs sound appealing, prepare to have your socks knocked off! As a bonus, Archos is tossing in a pre-loaded copy of OfficeSuitePro 6 and 15GB of Google Drive storage (presumably for a limited time).
Not the most conventional setup, the ArcBook might appeal to hardcore Android enthusiasts looking for something close to tinker with. However, we doubt that its June release will stop Chrome OS from swinging its hammer.
Google™ Certified ArcBook with a 10.1” touchscreen and full-fledged keyboard designed for students and mobile professionals available in June for under $170
Denver – May 12, 2014 – ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android™ devices, unveils the ARCHOS ArcBook, the first Android netbook with touchscreen designed with productivity and value in mind. The ARCHOS ArcBook offers students and mobile professionals the convenience of a keyboard and trackpad and the superb user-experience and mobility of an Android tablet at a budget-friendly price.
Productivity-focused software Available for $169.99, the ARCHOS ArcBook is the ultimate value-packed, on-the-go productivity machine running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is preinstalled with Office Suite Pro 6, making creating and editing Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files easy.
It allows access to all Google services, including the Google Play application store, Google Chrome Web browser and other Google Apps such as YouTube, Gmail, Translate and more. It also comes with 15 GB of free Google Drive cloud storage, enough to store a plethora of documents.
Feature-rich hardware The ARCHOS ArcBook has a 10.1-inch touchscreen with a full keyboard and integrated Android shortcuts keys to maximize typing speed. Connectivity and expandability have been boosted thanks to a full USB host port and it has enough battery power for more than 10 hours of continuous use.
“ARCHOS ArcBook combines a consumer-friendly tablet experience with the productivity of a netbook,” says Loïc Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “The ARCHOS ArcBook furthers our commitment to providing feature-rich, consumer-friendly technology at an affordable price.” For more information about ARCHOS ArcBook or the entire selection of smartphones, tablets and connected objects, visit us at http://www.ARCHOS.com
About ARCHOS ARCHOS, a pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in Android Tablets and Smartphones, has repeatedly revolutionized the market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers its own line of Android Tablets and Smartphones, as well as a full line of OEM devices. In 2000, ARCHOS launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. In 2008, ARCHOS launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. In 2013, ARCHOS launched its first generation of Smartphones with the ARCHOS Platinum series. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on Compartment C of Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN CodeFR0000182479. Website: http://www.archos.com.