DigiTimes is reporting that companies such as Acer and Asustek will be rolling out 11.6-inch netbooks later this year, based on sources discussing plans from LCD panel makers. The resolution would be 1366×768 and there would be a definite boundary between current 10.1-inch netbooks (which run in the $350 – $500 USD range) and these larger models (which start to compete with devices such as the 12.1″ Samsung NC20)
I would definitely welcome the larger resolution, however I find it odd that Acer was mentioned.
In interviews Acer gave last week, Acer Taiwan’s President Scott Lin said they had no plans to go above 10.1″, and that they expected the 10″ segment to dominate the netbook market, with up to 70% of the devices moved falling into that category.
I would be surprised they are moving this quick – I would expect companies to see how well the 12.1″ market plays out.
Update: It would be keeping in line with the report that Lenovo would be adding an 11″ model to their lineup.