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Toshiba unveils AC100 mobile internet device

Mini laptop runs on mobile phone hardware

Toshiba has spent the past 25 years refining the basic laptop design of flat screen, x86 processor, full-size keyboard and removable storage, but the company has launched a new mobile internet device - or 'smartbook' - to celebrate the T1100's 25th anniversary which takes the range in new directions.

The Toshiba AC100 is a netbook built with hardware and software more usually found in smartphones.

It runs Google Android 2.1 on an Nvidia Tegra 250 processor with a 1GHz Arm core, and weighs around 870 grams. It has a 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen, 512MB of RAM, two USB ports, an HDMI video output, an SD Card reader and an SSD up to 32GB in capacity.

Some models will have a built-in wireless modem to connect to 3G mobile networks, and there's also 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Toshiba has enhanced Google's Android software so that the AC100 displays different pages of widgets and applications depending on the Wi-Fi network it connects to. Users can customise up to five pages for business applications, home entertainment, or airport information, for example. Because the AC100 isn't a phone, those applications can't come from the Android Market, but Toshiba is looking at other ways to offer app downloads, Teckentrup said.

Toshiba wouldn't commit to a price for the AC100, but hinted it would be toward the lower end of the range for existing netbooks.

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