Amazon starts selling Android-powered netbook

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″ 1024×600 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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    • bhtooefr
    • 13 years ago

    Wish 1280×720 and 1366×768 panels were more prevalent in netbooks, though… (and the D250 chassis even has a 1280×720 panel available)

    (Typing this on a 1024×600 D250… with the N270 instead of the N280, no bluetooth, no Android, and a 3-cell. It was $250, though…)

    • moog
    • 13 years ago

    I heard that most people try Android, don’t realize Chrome rendered a web page a whopping 5 ms faster than Firefox or IE, scratch their heads in confusion when their camera software doesn’t work with their machine, panic when they can’t find Word, and then install Windows.

    • emi25
    • 13 years ago

    Android is for phones, like this one:
    §[<http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/10/06/motorola-dext-goes-on-sale-in-the-uk-tomorrow-maybe-sneaking-ou/<]§ For laptops, there is Google Chrome OS in development.

    • stmok
    • 13 years ago

    That’s because of the conditions set by OEM agreements with MS.

    They are allowed to offer “alternative OSs”, but just not make it obvious to the end user.

    Lenovo did the same when they offered SuSE Linux on their ThinkPad T60s. You had to literally dig down 5+ levels on their website to actually find it!

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    There are many of them in the 10″ range — see the Dell Mini 10v for example.

    You also see 1024×576, which is the 16:9 resolution.

    • dpaus
    • 13 years ago

    Sorry, too early in the morning on the day after removing the stuffing from one turkey to stuff another turkey – I was thinking of 1280×800, which at least is a standard wide aspect ratio resolution. That said, I’ve never actually seen/heard of a 1024×600 display before. I guess on a small enough device it’s OK, but jeez, that’s what I expect from my next smartphone.

    • Tamale
    • 13 years ago

    I’ve used android on the desktop and must say it’s a pretty weak OS. The browse is pretty good, but that’s about it.

    Hopefully the marketplace will help round it out.

    • designerfx
    • 13 years ago

    I think there’s something to say that they’re including anything other than apple or windows on a computer at this point. Dell isn’t exactly upfront about their “install with linux” options currently.

    • Farting Bob
    • 13 years ago

    Thats pretty standard for a 10.1 inch netbook. What were you expecting?

    • dpaus
    • 13 years ago

    1024 x 600??! WTF….? Or is that a typo?

    • Hattig
    • 13 years ago

    Just another variant on the netbook recipe we’ve been seeing for the past 18 months.

    • etymxris
    • 13 years ago

    Android isn’t really exciting. But if they start selling Android on ARM then I’ll buy it and install Linux or *BSD.

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