10.1-inch Aspire One could show up later this month

Although Acer's Aspire One has managed to eclipse Asus' Eee PCs in terms of worldwide popularity, the netbook is only available with an 8.9" display. Well, that's about to change. DigiTimes reports that Acer has started "small volume shipments" of a 10.1" Aspire One in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The company will reportedly ramp up production for "major global markets" in mid-February.

Japanese site PC Watch partly echoes this information, saying the system will reach Japanese shores on February 20. The site also quotes some specs: a 1024x600 display resolution (just like on 10.1" Eee PCs), a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB mechanical hard drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, and a choice of three- or six-cell batteries. The netbook will tip the scales at either 2.6 lbs or 2.93 lbs, depending on the battery size.

According to DigiTimes, Acer has made it clear that it will promote netbooks more aggressively this year. The PC vendor expects 2009 shipments to reach 12-15 million in total.

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