Acer Aspire One Mini Notebook Specs Revealed, Dell Jumps in

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As the pile-on continues to release sub-notebooks with a $400 price tag Acer and Dell are the latest to join the scrum. The Acer Aspire One will come with an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, the first of the group to get this new chip from Intel.

Acer Aspire One

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Acer is the number one seller of notebooks in Europe and third in the world over all, so it was logical for them to jump into this game.  The Aspire One mini notebook has been leaked on the web with pictures over the past couple of days but the specs have been short coming.  A poster in our forums with inside knowledge has claimed the specs will be the following for the first available Aspire One model:

  • Processor: Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz)
  • Chipset: Intel 82945GMS + Intel 82801GBM
  • OS: Highly modified Acer Linux (Acer smartfile manager, home page navigator)
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Mass storage: 8 GB SSD
  • Screen size: 8.9" Acer CrystalBrite (1024×600), LED backlight
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g, Acer SignalUp technology
  • Ports: 5-in-1 cardreader, SD slot, 3xUSB, VGA, RJ-45, headphone/lineout, microphone, Acer CrystalEye webcam
  • Keyboard: 95% full size keyboard, touchpad with scroll zone
  • Dimensions: 249 (w) x 170 (d) x 29 (h) mm, 2.17 lbs
  • Power: 3 cell, 2200 mAh, 30 W AC adapter

The Price is expected to be 299 EUR (taxes included) which would convert to $450 with a simple currency exchange, take out taxes and assume a lower price in the U.S.  (hey, it’s just cheaper here) and you would guess about $400 state side.   After about a month of time after the first release a version with Microsoft XP would be released that contains an 80 GB SATA hard disk and 1 GB memory.  The price for that model would be expected as 399 EUR (taxes included) ($620).

The Aspire one would be the first Intel Atom based netbook, unless of course Dell can beat them to market with their offering…

Dell Mini Notebook

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Michael Dell was caught at a conference yesterday carrying around a prototype Dell mini notebook.  Gizmodo was able to get the full scoop and Dell actually posted a follow-up on their blog.  The information is scant on actual specs (as in none), but pictures are available and we know the price will be under $500, it will be about as wide as a regular pencil and have a red color option.  Hopefully Dell doesn’t go the route of the VIA processor but instead leans towards Intel like Acer has, we know from the HP Mini-Note that the VIA just doesn’t cut it.

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