Acer launches dual-boot Android/XP netbook in Taiwan

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Acer showed off a new Aspire One netbook at the Taipei Computer Application Show this week that combines Google's Android mobile software and Microsoft's Windows XP in a dual-boot configuration. As you'd expect, the first serves as a fast-booting operating system for basic web-oriented tasks, and presumably run a number of applications from the Android Market, while Windows XP remains the primary operating system to perform a wider range of tasks.

Other than the dual-booting novelty, the Aspire One AOD255 packs pretty much the same hardware we've come to expect from low end netbooks. This includes a 10.1" screen with a 1024x600 display resolution, Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of DDR, a 160GB HDD and a 3-cell Li-ion battery that is said to provide around four hours of run time.

According to PC World, the device is expected to sell for NT$11,900 (around $375) at launch In Taiwan but it's currently available with a special price of NT$9,500 ($300) to those attending the computer show. There's no information on pricing and availability for other markets, though.

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