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Archos Unveils the Arcbook, Android-powered Netbook With Touchscreen

A new device was unveiled today from Archos, an Android-powered portable netbook called the ArcBook. The device features a 10.1″ (1024 x 600) touchscreen display, is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM, and comes running Android 4.2.2.

The ArcBook comes with a full keyboard built in, complete with a mousepad and front-facing camera for video calls. 

The device features full access to Google Play, allowing you to download all of your favorite applications for working on the go, with Office Suite Pro 6 coming pre-installed as well. To top off your work goodies, Archos is throwing in 15GB of free Drive storage for all purchasers, which should be plenty of storage for your important work docs.

While the specs may not overly-excite you, the price of the ArcBook might, listed at just $169.99.

If interested, you can pick one up for yourself when they are made available next month.

Via: Archos
  • Higher_Ground

    1024×600 is absolutely terrible on a 10″ screen…

  • Rich Robinson

    DOA with 4.2.2 and 1 GB

  • Raven

    As the happy owner of an Asus Transformer who loves his keyboard, I would not even consider this device. I still want to be able to detach my keyboard from my tablet. And that resolution, absolute fail. 1280×800 was the old standard, 1920×1080 should be the current minimum for a 10″ device. But 1024×600, that is just pure crap.

    • Higher_Ground

      ditto, though a few keys eventually crapped out on mine and I’m ironically forced to remove the keyboard dock to type. It’s still nice for the added battery, shortcut keys, and as a stand.

  • domdoran

    What drug cartel is Archos a front for? Have they made a commercially relevant product in the last decade?

  • Dave

    So much for my Dell Alienware….this thing is a beast. Hehe.

  • Wall Breaker

    While I’m all for a android laptop, this is poop.

  • DrewNusser

    Not sure what everyone’s problem is. Sure, this thing doesn’t have great specs, but it’s just meant to test the market. My biggest problem with tablets is that I want them to be more like laptops (keyboards & track pads), so here we are. Throw in a K-1 and a bigger, higher-resolution screen and we have a serious winner.

  • Kenny Woodard

    Good luck selling that thing.

  • JBartcaps

    Wait, why? This is terrible

  • The Narrator

    Also, this is why Google needs to integrate Android into Chrome OS. Knockout two birds with one stone.

    • michael arazan

      I don’t see why Google can’t make a Dedicated Android stick for your TV with a controller/ keyboard that turns my TV into a tablet with access to all my widgets, apps, and google play.

  • mustbepbs

    10.1″ (1024 x 600) touchscreen display


  • The Narrator
  • Foramex

    Netbooks need their own Honeycomb twist on Android.
    Android was built for touchscreen, and is going to need lots of optimization if it’s planning to be operable on netbooks.

    • Higher_Ground

      it’s a touch screen, so i imagine the keyboard is more to simply type with and most of the normal android navigation would be done by hand. I’ve got an asus transformer and loved the keyboard dock until a few keys crapped out on me (of course it would be the “e”) rendering it a glorified stand/battery. I even found myself using the touchpad a few times, despite the fact that I hate using them on laptops.

  • T4rd

    If you’re going to make a netbook/laptop run Android, you need to at least make the display twist around to lay the keyboard flat across its back so you can use it as a tablet. The in-the-way keyboard and Gnex’s specs pretty much makes this garbage.

    • michael arazan

      This thing must have been in development since 2011

  • I had one of the docs for my moto razr. If the trackpad was worth anything, it would’ve been a pretty nice device. Touch screen should make it ever better. But why does the Archos 10.1″ tablet cost more than this. There has to be some MAJOR cost cutting somewhere in this build.

    • silver_arrow

      Cheap processor, extremely cheap display two major things you dont want to be cheaped out on are being cheaped out on.