Fancy a MacBook Air clone, running ICS, and costing $200? Read on!

June 8, 2012
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At Computex, there was one little surprise from a company called Thread Technology demoing what looks like a Macbook Air clone, but one that will cost only $200 at retail, so around 5x less than the low-end version of an actual Macbook Air. Moreover, if you buy 500 or more units, you can get it for $150 per unit, which I imagine is an option only for companies buying them in bulk.

The Android Book, aka THD N2-A, is an Android 4.0 notebook that comes with a 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8  processor and has a 13.3″ display with a 1366×768 resolution. It’s not a touchscreen, as it’s only intended to be used as a laptop. That also means that you can use the touchpad for navigation, but it’s recommended that you use a mouse, as the touchpad is far from what you would get from an actual Air.

The default storage is 8GB SSD, but it also comes with options for 16, 32, or 64 GB of SSD storage, which will obviously increase the price further. It has 2 USB 2.0 ports, audio jack, mini-HDMI port, full size card reader, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and also a 3G connection, which is useful if you intend to carry it around a lot.

There is also a Windows 8 version of this machine, that comes with a dual core Atom processor, but the battery only lasts for 3 hours, compared to the Android 4.0 version, running an ARM CPU, that lasts for 8 hours, so almost three times as much. This is the reason why I still think Atom will not be competitive with ARM anytime soon, if ever.

Our Darcy LaCouvee is on the ground at Computex, and we hope he will provide us with some hands-on video and witty commentary soon. We’ll update this post when that happens. Meanwhile, take a look at this short video showcasing the notebook, courtesy of Netbook News.

Comments

  • B1n4ryk1lla

    useless unless theres a link to buy it

  • Cutestar46

    when it would be available in pakistan?

    • phl

      When Pakistan stops sponsoring terrorism

  • AppleFUD

    OH man. . . it just needs a cutout of Andy where the apple logo should be on the back of the LCD — apple would go freaking nuts!

  • http://www.tlasto.org/ Ankit Singh

    super cool stuff

  • 21221

    i want, where, how ?

    • Yoongoonah

      If ur in the states or anywhere apole can reach its legal arm to dont expect it. Im prettty some lawsuit migjt happen if ot does. Thats just my .guess

  • http://twitter.com/thepunter2 the punter

    ubuntu for android on the android book and i am sold!

  • Slacker

    Ugh… They could put in at least a dual-core A9. I’d buy it then (to rip out Android and put in some normal Linux distro, of course). But an A8? In 2012? Seriously?

  • Samuel Butts

    holy shit! i want one already!

  • endinyal

    This s a flagrant ripoff of a MacBook Air, and you guys are drooling over it. Absolute hypocrites all of you guys are.

  • Matt Kraig

    I thought you could ONLY buy it as a big bundle. You said $150 each with big bundle, around $200 each buying them seperataly. Where can I buy them, now that it’s 2013?