Could Acer be positioning itself to offer different models in its Acer Aspire One line? According to some information and photos that Macles (an Acer Aspire One enthusiast site) has obtained, it could that Acer is offering a special model that is thinner and possibly lighter than existing Aspire Ones.
Right now the simplicity of the Aspire One line has been a strong selling point – you now pick either the original 8.9″ Aspire One or the 10.1-inch Acer Aspire One (AOD150). There were plenty of variations, but for the most part it came down to picking an OS, hard drive, and color.
Macles has some photos of what looks to be a thinner AAO, which they believe is an indication of an Solid State Drive (SSD) only model (no upgrading a 2.5″ SATA HDD here). They also point out what looks to be a second SD Expansion (which is apparently something Asus is doing with the Eee PC T91). This would allow you to easily add up to another 16GB of storage. On the original 8.9″ Aspire Ones, this was only used by the Linux models to expand the onboard storage, but as Macles points out, there is a Windows-key so this isn’t just a Linux-based device.
It’s definitely something to keep an eye on. With the price of SSDs and flash memory in general coming down, it’s bound to happen that we are going to see some netbooks roll out with 32GB or 64GB of internal SSD storage, and because of the reduced size requirements, it could allow for quite a bit of space (and weight) to be removed.