12
May
22

Archos makes its name on low-cost niche products, and it doesn't get nichier than the newly announced ArcBook. It's a 10.1-inch Android notebook that you'll be able to buy next month. The ArcBook doesn't have amazing specs, but it's going to sell for just $169.99.

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  • CPU/GPU: RK3168 Dual-Core ARM Cortex™ A9 @ 1.2 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Screen: 10.1” capacitive multitouch 1024x600
  • Battery: Internal: Lithium Polymer 8000 mAh
  • Storage: 8GB
  • OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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So, pretty uninspiring hardware, but there's a full keyboard attached. There just aren't a lot of choices in this form factor, if that's what you're into. If you do drop the cash on the ArcBook, expect it to stay on Android 4.2 indefinitely. It does have the full complement of Google services, and comes with OfficeSuite Pro 6 preinstalled.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • cerberus frá eleusis

    jelly bean in june 2014 ?

    • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

      They were probably going for the rhyming thing. :v

  • Bluewall

    I don't see why on earth would you buy this ?

    • jani jokela

      so you bought it?

  • DavidGLamb

    The ArcBook doesn't have amazing specs, but it's going to sell for just $169.99. http://sn.im/28wjrxn

  • xsirxx

    That screen must be gorgeous!

    • Gaurav Arora

      You can see each pixel and name them like pets.

  • Aintnobodygottimefodat

    I love Android but there is literally no good reason for it to be on a laptop/notebook..Just makes no sense.

  • scottyell

    1GB of RAM? tsk tsk

  • jamesfuston

    1024x600 spread across a 10" screen? Oooouuuch.

    • Joshua Smith

      Well, it isn't that bad considering the standard for a cheaper 15.6" laptop is 1366x768.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Which us surprisingly not so bad

      • jamesfuston

        I was annoyed by how many apps/widgets didn't fit right on the 720p screen on the Moto X. I don't want to think about a 1024x600 screen. Not to mention that Windows (I assume those are the laptops you're talking about) was designed for a completely different screen size/resolution target than that of Android. Also, you're generally going to be a lot closer to a tablet than you are to a laptop screen.

        • ltredbeard

          This is a notebook not a tablet.

        • Sigmund

          That rely on the Screen Density, not on the Screen Resolution.

          Higher density means that the elements on the screen will require more pixels to draw, so for example if you plan to draw a 1 inch element on the screen, in a Moto X will require about 330p*330p, and on a less dense screen will require for example 120*120p (Typical 320*240 phone)

          If a low res or a mid res screen is well configured at kernel level (with a real Density Value) it can show the elements properly. So 1024*600 shouldn't be a real concern, the concern is the density and the density value in build.prop

  • Walkop

    That thing is going to get stupidly good battery life with a 1024x600 display, dual-core ARM chip, and 8000mAh battery.

    It'll struggle to play Pong, but I won't have to worry about it dying on me while I wait for my paddle to move.

  • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

    Google has a big problem in its hands with 3rd party vendors putting out crappy Android products. This can't be good with Android and Google's image.

  • Angelo Davis

    1GB of ram and Android 4.2 really?

  • darkdude1

    My main concern for these products is the rate of deprecation with an OS released in Nov 2012, apps won't support software that old forever. I don't even know why they would release this, and why they think people would pay over $50...

  • Matt

    RAM: 1 GB
    *stops reading specs

  • syxbit

    Not sure why anyone would buy that over a similarly priced Chromebook

  • Stylus_XL

    "The ArcBook doesn't have amazing specs"

    An Archos product with sub-par specs?! Surely not!

  • mustbepbs

    Archos?

    No thanks. Even if it had good specs, I'd never buy anything from them.

  • Frank DeAwoken

    I think this would be ideal for a really low budget school laptop. With the Android version of Office now free, google docs, evernote, etc you have awesome options for word processing, note taking and such. With a decent memory card you can have a TON of SD video that will run locally without issue (i'm looking at you Chromebooks), surely a CM version will be released at some point bringing it to the wonderful world of KitKat. All in all, at under $200, I think you're getting something pretty decent and usable for someone on a tight budget.

    • http://www.corbindavenport.com/ Corbin Davenport

      If a major company came into the field and made one, it would probably be a good secondary or education computer. But this thing probably won't see an update, and I don't think CM would make nightlies for it unless it was popular (and judging by those specs, I wouldn't count on).

    • Martheen Cahya Paulo

      Office for Android is only free for phone thought (it only open files in tablet). This thing seems to fall under the tablet category. That said schools are more likely to have 365 subscription, and Google Docs, Quick Office and Kingsoft Office are all free. Not just for school, it's pretty good for some office works since it cuts all the hassle about user installing stupid apps and broke their computer

  • Nicholas Polydor
  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Ubershit

  • Ivan Myring

    Men was over rating it.

  • jonathan3579

    Next!

  • tokuiten

    Oh, are smartbooks making a comebacK?

  • primalxconvoy

    If this doubled as a tablet, i might be interested...

  • Glich

    humm. This actually may fill a nitch for me. Super cheep can run Cisco any connect VPN and Cirix receiver for andriod. It may make a great portable VDI terminal.