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Android Book is an ultra-affordable MacBook Air look-alike

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Android Book is an ultra-affordable MacBook Air look-alike
Android is probably one of the most versatile platforms of today - it appears on all kinds of screens and form factors, and this here Android Book is another proof that Google’s platform could land on any device. Now, the Android Book looks like a tablet with a keyboard dock/notebook/netbook running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Windows 8 (which we guess would make it a Windows Book?), and it’s a blatant ripoff of the Macbook Air. We can smell those lawsuits in the air.

Except, it will probably get released in some Asian countries where Apple might hesitate to stretch its long legal arm. 

But apart from (or maybe just because of) being such an obvious ripoff, the Android Book looks like a surprisingly good solution for your computing needs. You’ve got tons of apps on Android, a 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 processor and has a 13.3" screen with a 1366x768 resolution, and the platform actually has some neat keyboard shortcuts, and you’ve got a trackpad. On the downside, there's no touchscreen. The internal storage starts from an 8GB SSD but an grow to 16, 32, or 64GB with the price rising accodingly.

The whole package is expected to sell for just above $200, and you get around 8 hours of battery life on the ARM version. There’s also an Intel Atom variation, but it will run for a mere 3 hours. Now, that’s a great value for the money, given that a bluetooth keyboard and mouse working with Android could cost you over $100 without even the computing device.

So check out the video demonstration below, and stay tuned - this should appear on Chinese web stores in the near future.

source: Netbook news

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posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:02 6

1. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Sigh.. The birth of another copycat like Google, Samsung.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:55 11

9. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


just another laptop - is APPLE going to sue all laptop manufacturers now? Striker, your argument has been foiled again....

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:01 3

22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


When you look at the video it looks JUST LIKE a MacBook. You think that's ok? I'm sure if you ran a business you wouldn't.

Blatant over the top copying is not all right because you're trying to make a buck off someone else's name.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:36 2

25. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


agree it looks just like the macbook.am guessing this is in china and there you can pretty much copy anything so you will never see this in sale in like the uk or us..am alright with copying certain ideas ir taking inspiration but one to one copying i cant defend

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 14:38 2

30. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


You know taco android is open source so anyone one can make a android device and android is free so of course there will be clones

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 14:41 3

32. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


It's Chinese (probably made by QinEmpire so he can rip on the Android community) and it's only $200. It'll probably suck. I'd rather have the Pad Infinity anyway. But don't blame it on Google, they didn't even do it.
I AM rooting for the launch of Android PC's and laptops by Google with a more PC-optimized OS, but with an Intel Atom, this thing will only last 3 hours. Eww. Android ultrabooks can be better than that.
I'll buy an Android desktop and an ultrabook, but only when they come with a touchscreen, good battery life, and a nicer processor.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 15:22 4

38. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Troll...

its called a KIRF. (Keeping It Really Fake)

Its a knock off chineese manufacturer trying to look like a macbook air on purpose. Its not a major brand, and if you go to the source, they actually make fun of the thing for being so cheaply made that the mousepad started to wear out by the second day of the show.

just shut up.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:09 4

14. 09wbd03516 (banned) (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 May 2012)


OH TACO~~~~ IM WAITING~~~
MUAHAHAHAHAHA

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:37

26. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


the birth of another troll

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:12 2

2. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Cool !!
Liked the Windows 8 one more !!

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:26 4

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


This has gone too far... I prefer transformer prime...

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:35 2

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


no wonder android can dominate 70% of china...

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:40 6

5. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


Wow. This looks like a blatant rip off of a **gasp** laptop ! What's next? A TV that looks like all other TVs?? This is crazy, so call me maybe.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:44

6. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They could at least have had a resistive touchscreen rather than not having it at all..!!

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:49 5

7. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Copying aside, this is a step in the right direction.

GIVE ME AN ANDROID LAPTOP NOW, DAMMIT, AND MAKE IT COMPATIBLE WITH COMBAT ARMS! AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT, GIVE ME A WORKING CD/DVD DRIVE!

*ahem*

Thank you. :)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:52

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


im sorry to say that it will be only available in china...

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:55

10. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


do, buy it from china - wipe it, so that you get rid of any of the chinese malware that they put on it, and upgrade the OS to ICS and you are good to go....

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:01 1

13. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


My next laptop will run both Windows8 and Android, have a detachable or rotateable touchscreen display, and will have either a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive or a USB 3.x port with an external drive (since there still aren't many Thunderbolt accessories out there, and, as apple folks like to forget, Thunderbolt wasn't their idea, it was Intel's and a few others')

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 14:46 1

33. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I'm so with you on this.
If Google would take the time to optimize a version of ICS or JB for desktops and ultrabooks, then they would sell like wildfire. It'd be like their own little Linux distro. There would be ICS for the phones, ICS optimized for the tablets, and ICS optimized for the computers. If Google could also get people on the bandwagon to start making programs for these computers (photo editors, file converters, video editors, etc...) along with having Google Play Apps, then Android PCs would be a huge success.
Google needs to start. NOW.
*end rant*

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:56

11. 09wbd03516 (banned) (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 May 2012)


YUCK!!!! I HATE MACBOOK!!! AND I HATE THIS TOO!!!

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:58 2

12. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


MacBook Air lookalike? The macbook air wasn't an original design. There were thin wedge-shaped laptops before the air was announced, it just made the design more appealing to the mass market who were used to larger block-shaped laptops so that they'd have better components and cooling options (we all know apple is very good at marketing, even if it's marketing an old idea as a new innovative one, just because they're doing it now). Besides, it's more of Intel's reference design anyway, hence all the Intel-based "Ultrabooks" which have come out with similar designs. Apple also wasn't the first to offer an all metal body, nor a black keyboard, nor a backlit one, nor, as I said above, a thin wedge-shaped laptop. Yes, a lot of devices look a lot like the "MBA", but it wasn't unique in its own right anyway.
You might as well say all sedans look like a Taurus, because they have 4 wheels and curved noses and slanted windshields
Victor, I know you're very pro-apple, but please, don't let it affect your writing or fact finding. It makes the site look bad.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:13 2

15. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Are you joking!? Yes Apple isn't completely original and various styling elements were around before the MBA. But this thing nearly an exact copy. They could at least have made it a different color or something.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:35

17. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I don't disagree it looks similar, and definitely could offer some different design, but for all we know there is a company that spews out these bodies at a competitive price so they went with that to save money instead of adding on cost just to make it unique and sometimes uniqueness isn't appealing, like a Pontiac aztek or Honda/Acura's lineup). It doesn't appear to look expensive to shape, especially with no hole to cut out for the glowy fruit logo

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:41

18. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


as what you are saying, having that design, slimmed down can save them money? are you kidding me? Why is a smartphone more expensive than a tablet with a phone capability considering it's larger? Because of its slimmer. Making a device slimmer/thinner can cost you a lot. If they really want to save some money, then they could just use older or more typical laptop designs which isn't a wedge design like thinner netbook/laptops use.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:54

20. -box- (Posts: 3712; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


No, but that bulk design. And purchasing saves money, especially if others are buying the same. It's purely speculative (but infirmed) that the body shell and components could offer significant cost savings (cut sheet metal pressed into a molded shape isn't crazy expensive, otherwise a Hyundai Sonata would cost as much as a Mercedes) and as many laptop manufacturers are ordering slim parts to fit into their ultrabooks it stands to reason there would be enough made in a cost effective manner that other manufactures could purchase those same parts at competitive prices.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:58

21. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


man, you've mistaken laptops/netbooks with cars. slimming down a gadget will make it more expensive. Don't compare it with cars, of course slimming a car will make it more expensive. Again, compare a tablet with a phone with same specs and same capability. AGAIN, COMPARE GADGETS NOT GADGETS TO CARS.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:02 2

23. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Wow man this is so obviously a copy. There's no debate. You just hate Apple so much you deny the obvious.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:34

16. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


A clone. This is a great net book considering its price rate. And also, 8 hours of use, this is awesome. But the lack of touchscreen is the downside. Android is best with touchscreen.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:47 2

19. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


And they say Android copies from no one. LOL

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 15:01 1

36. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Your avatar explains everything. Google didn't even do this.
Have you seen the Chinese rip-offs of the iPhone? There are Chinese rip-offs EVERYWHERE.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:23

27. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1197; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Another law suit here... I kind of want one. Is that weird?

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 14:40 1

31. nexumus (Posts: 19; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


Im sorry but this is yet another blatant ripoff. It looks just like a mac book air. Does google and every company it works with enjoy getting sued by apple or what?

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 14:54

34. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Sure, it looks JUST like a MacBook Air. But at least it has somewhat okay graphics, as opposed to any Mac. Oh and thank GOD it doesn't run OS X. I don't want to see the little spinning rainbow wheel every time I try to open a program.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 15:25

39. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Aside from the fact that this thing is a super cheaply made KIRF from a knock off chinese manufacturer, it points out a blaring hole..

There are no cheap android netbooks. Why arent there? For the price of one of my school books, I could get something like this (but not THIS junk) and have full keyboard functionality to type/edit google docs and powerpoints on the go. I want something with a keyboard that is super light weight. Asus Transformers are awesome, but by the time you add the keyboard, its more than I want to spend for its very specific uses.

I'd like something like this.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 16:44 1

42. b3_jeal0us (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


i think its ironic that all you fAndroid users are excited about this and such, do you guys realize that is is a MacBook air running android? What a Concept, an awesome personal computer that made by APPLE that is rebranded and reprogrammed to run android ICS?! Holy Cow! Now please, tell me, who's copying you?

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 17:59 1

44. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


another troll post.

KIRFs are not products most people outside of china buy. get over it. they are not from reputable vendors.

BTW, Apple runs on intel, for its computers and Samsung for its mobile. So its not like anything INSIDE the apple product is really all that proprietary other than a firewire port. woopiedoo.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 19:29 1

48. pongkie (Posts: 493; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


Apple just got a patent on the shape of thier MacBook Air. If this thing doesn't run Windows it will be in trouble.

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