No need to fly down to Australia to find netbooks with Intel's new dual-core Atom N550 processor. According to DigiTimes, which got tipped off by "sources from retail channels," Acer's first N550-based netbook will hit stores in the U.S. early next month.
The netbook in question will reportedly be a 10.1" system dubbed the Aspire One D255. If that model name sounds familiar, it's because we've already heard about such a machine dual-booting Windows and Android—although that model was said to have a single-core Atom N450 processor. DigiTimes doesn't talk about operating systems in this latest story, although it does quote a price tag for the dual-core D255: $14,000 TWD, or around $437 USD.
Interestingly, DigiTimes goes on to say that some big players like Asus "have not yet decided their launch schedules" and may wait until October or November to hop on the Atom N550 bandwagon. So much for Intel's promise of instant availability. To be fair, the chipmaker did admit that some systems would be out as late as the end of the year. It's just a little strange that a netbook maker as big as Asus would wait so long.