Acer puts CULV guts in 11.6-inch netbook enclosure

Determined to further blur the lines between netbooks and notebooks, Acer is apparently prepping an Intel CULV-based laptop with a netbook-like chassis. Unofficial Acer netbook blog Macles has posted photos and specifications of the upcoming system.

The Aspire Timeline 1810T has an 11.6" display with a 1366x768 resolution, much like that of the Aspire One 751. The external design looks similar, too, but the innards are totally different.

Instead of an Atom processor, Macles says Acer has gone with a 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo SU3500. You can also expect GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics with HDMI out, room for up to 4GB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth and 3G connectivity, and a battery rated for eight hours. The machine will come with Windows Vista Home Premium, but buyers should be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 7 in October.

Macles doesn't quote an availability date or pricing. However, the blog expects Acer to position the Timeline 1810T between its Aspire One 751 and Aspire Timeline 3810T—in other words, somewhere between $380 and $600.

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