Toshiba's Tegra Smartbook Boasts Seven Days of Standby Staying Power

Paul Lilly

For mobile PC vendors, the smart money is on netbooks, ultraportables, and upcoming tablets, but don't count smartbooks out of the mix just yet. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in the notebook business, Toshiba this week kicked out the AC100, a mighty smartbook capable of holding a charge for up to a week in standby.

The AC100 comes built around Nvidia's Tegra 250 platform and includes a 1GHz ARM processor. You'll also find 512MB of DDR2 memory, up to 32GB of SSD storage, a single USB 2.0 port, a Mini USB port, 1.3MP webcam, HDMI, Wi-Fi, and various other odds and ends.

What you won't find is any flavor of Windows, and instead Toshiba has tapped into Google's Android 2.1 platform. According to Toshiba, this gives the AC100 a smartphone-like prowess capable of switching from standby to full activity mode in less than a second.

The big question here is whether or not this one will make it to the U.S. market, which might depend on how the whole tablet thing shakes out in the coming months. As it stands, Toshiba will start shipping the AC100 to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in the third quarter, and after that, it's anyone's guess.

Image Credit: Toshiba

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