AMD's next-generation Temash SoC is coming soon, and one system based on the chip has already popped up online. Acer's website has details on the Aspire V5-122P-0463, which will purportedly sport a quad-core A6-1450 APU. That processor hasn't been announced yet, but CPU-World says the chip runs at 1GHz with a 1.4GHz Turbo peak. According to the site, the A6-1450 also boasts integrated Radeon 8280 graphics with a 300MHz base frequency and a 500MHz peak GPU speed.
Interestingly, Acer's spec sheet says the system's graphics will have "UMANo External Video Memroy," which could be a misspelled reference to some kind of sideport RAM accessible to the GPU. This video memory is mentioned in addition to the 2GB of DDR3 system RAM.
Otherwise, the Temash-powered V5 looks pretty typical for a low-cost notebook. It has an 11.6" touchscreen, 500GB of mechanical storage, a webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0. The display is likely driven by a 1366x768 TN panel, and the hard drive doesn't appear to have a solid-state sidekick. Power is provided by a three-cell battery of otherwise indeterminate capacity. Acer doesn't reveal the system's expected battery life, but it does set the price at a reasonable $450.
Also missing from the Aspire's online listing are details about the V5's dimensions and weight. The "chassis is light on the go," the page says, but the single picture suggests we're not dealing with something as thin as an ultrabook. The existing Aspire V5-121-0430 has an 11.6" chassis that's 1.1" thick and weighs 2.65 lbs, so the new model may be in the same ballpark. Apart from the color, the V5-121-0430 certainly looks similar.
The Acer page indicates that the V5 will also be available in 14" and 15.6" configurations, but those are likely to have more powerful processors under the hood. The current 11.6" Aspire V5 has a dual-core AMD C-70 APU, while its 14" and 15.6" siblings come with a mix of Pentium, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs. It will be interesting to see if AMD APUs infiltrate larger members of the Aspire V5 family this time around.
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