Android has come to netbooks. Well, it's on its way, at least. Amazon has started taking pre-orders for an Acer Aspire One D250 netbook that dual-boots Windows XP and Google's Android mobile platform.
The $349.99 netbook doesn't look much different from cheaper variants already available today. It includes a 10.1" 1024x600 display, a 1.66GHz Atom processor, Intel GMA 950 graphics, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB mechanical hard drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a six-cell battery. Amazon quotes a weight of 2.79 lbs and a thickness of 1".
Purportedly, this Aspire One D250 model can reach nine hours of battery life—the product sheet doesn't say which operating system that's with, however. In fact, Android isn't exactly played up: the "Key Features" list simply states, "Unique dual-boot operating system lets you choose between Windows XP (SP3) or Google Android."
This listing partly confirms a report we saw this summer, which said both Acer and Asus had Android netbooks in the works. It's not quite clear what the advantages are for systems that already have Windows XP licenses, however. Perhaps it boots quicker, since Google seems to have designed the Linux-based operating system largely for smart phones.
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