Acer Netbook Does Both Android and Windows XP

Acer's been busy showing off its new netbook at the Taipei Computer Application Show, and there's good reason for attendees to get excited. The Aspire One AOD255, as it's been dubbed, comes configured with both Google's Android platform and Microsoft's Windows XP OS. Holy dual-booting netbook, Batman!

On the hardware front, the AOD255 is a 10.1-inch netbook powered by an Intel Atom N450 processor. It has a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of DDR2 memory, and a 3-cell battery that can be upgraded to a 6-cell for those willing to plunk down an extra $75.

But it's the software that's the real draw here. Acer outfitted the AOD255 with its Acer Configuration Manager utility, which lets users choose which OS to boot. Android serves as a quick-booting OS, somewhat similar to SplashTop, whereas Windows XP is the main OS.

Pretty cool, right? We thought so, and it would be a shame if this one never made it to American shores. The rep manning the booth had no idea when this one would launch worldwide, and Acer doesn't seem to be promoting it on a global scale, at least not yet anyway. Those attending the trade show, however, are able to order one today for around $300, a savings of about $80 over the MSRP.