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 1024×600 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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    • blubje
    • 11 years ago

    A 720p 10″ panel is both available if you bother to look, and vastly more desirable than a 1024×600. What’s more, the single core Atom is both still too expensive and too slow to be a good choice.

    ~10.1″ 720p widescreen with a Via Nano and the ability to upgrade to 4GB of RAM would have me sold instantly.

      • TravelMug
      • 11 years ago

      “A 720p 10″ panel is both available if you bother to look, and vastly more desirable than a 1024×600.”

      I bothered to look for the last few month but, besides the 2133, I can’t see any model with it. Care to point me to the right direction?

    • TravelMug
    • 11 years ago

    Oh man…not 1024×600 again! Why the hell they can’t upgrade to a higher resolution?

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      Not without breaking the netbook price barrier.

        • TravelMug
        • 11 years ago

        I seriously doubt that. Look at the price spread between the various models with the same configuration. Also, if they can cut an 8.9″ panel with 1024×600 res then why not use the same raw material to cut a bigger one with higher res? It would still fit into the frame used by the current 10″ models and 1280×768 or 1280×720 is a hell of a lot better res.

          • UberGerbil
          • 11 years ago

          LCDs aren’t like pieces of fabric that can be “cut” to arbitrary sizes. If you want a different size/pixel-pitch combination, somebody has to be specifically manufacturing panels in that size. And unless there are a lot of customers for that particular panel, the per-unit cost will be high.

            • TravelMug
            • 11 years ago

            I know that. The point is that someone has to start to order and sell the higher res panels one day. Same way as with any other transition in the LCD panel business we had until now. Once a netbook with the 10″ 720p+ panel comes out from manufacturer A, that moment manufacturers B-Z will come out with them as well to stay competitive.

            • UberGerbil
            • 11 years ago

            But I wouldn’t expect low-cost netbooks to lead that market.

      • blubje
      • 11 years ago

      Because everybody seems to want Windows on these. The moment you go over a 1.6GHz single-core with 1GB of RAM (and if you have a resolution of 1024×768) you’re into Vista territory.

      That’s why the HP2133 came with Linux and Vista. That’s why we’re not seeing Nanos with 4GB of RAM, or N330s, or any other cool shit, because windrones ruined it for the rest of us.

    • continuum
    • 11 years ago

    Asus clearly needs to learn from Acer and stop following nVidia. =P

    10000 different models is just confusing. Market and sell 3 or 4, and consumers will flock to you.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 11 years ago

    yeah i wonder if this will be a different chasis?

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    I aspire for my One to be 10.1 inch…

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      So does your girlfriend.

      Just keep telling her “It’s not the size of the panel, it’s the nookie in the netbookie”

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 11 years ago

        hahaha nice.

    • ludi
    • 11 years ago

    Same thing with a larger screen, so presumably a narrower display bezel and a slightly lower battery life?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      The second link has a picture, you tell us if the bezel is different.

        • ludi
        • 11 years ago

        Can’t get to it right now. For some reason Digitimes gets cut off in our company content filter.

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