Toshiba has spent the past 25 years refining the basic laptop design of flat screen, x86 processor, full-size keyboard and removable storage, but the company has launched a new mobile internet device - or 'smartbook' - to celebrate the T1100's 25th anniversary which takes the range in new directions.

The Toshiba AC100 is a netbook built with hardware and software more usually found in smartphones.

It runs Google Android 2.1 on an Nvidia Tegra 250 processor with a 1GHz Arm core, and weighs around 870 grams. It has a 10.1-inch LED-backlit screen, 512MB of RAM, two USB ports, an HDMI video output, an SD Card reader and an SSD up to 32GB in capacity.

Some models will have a built-in wireless modem to connect to 3G mobile networks, and there's also 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Toshiba has enhanced Google's Android software so that the AC100 displays different pages of widgets and applications depending on the Wi-Fi network it connects to. Users can customise up to five pages for business applications, home entertainment, or airport information, for example. Because the AC100 isn't a phone, those applications can't come from the Android Market, but Toshiba is looking at other ways to offer app downloads, Teckentrup said.

Toshiba wouldn't commit to a price for the AC100, but hinted it would be toward the lower end of the range for existing netbooks.

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