Budget netbook dual-boots Android, Windows XP

An Acer D255 netbook that dual boots Android and Windows XP is now available in Taiwan. It's unclear which version of Android is shipping with the D255 or whether Acer will be providing updates. However, according to a brief hands-on test by SemiAccurate, the system only takes about five seconds to bring up the Android desktop once you're past the BIOS initialization screen.

While the D255 has dual-booting novelty on its side, the rest of the system is pretty standard fare for a low-end netbook. A single-core Atom N450 runs the show alongside 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, gobs of wireless connectivity, and a 10.1" screen with a 1024x600 display resolution. Users can reportedly expect up to four hours of run time from the included three-cell battery, and the whole system weighs in at a hair over one kilogram, or 2.2 lbs.

The D255 is currently selling for a little less than equivalent-spec netbooks in Taiwan, which interesting considering that Android is being provided in addition to Windows XP rather than replacing it. There's no information on North American pricing and availability yet, however. Google's Chrome operating system might seem like a better fit for a netbook that lacks a touchscreen, but that OS isn't ready for prime time just yet.

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