There’s been some talk and some images popping up about a slimmer than usual Acer Aspire One. Macles had a few photos, along with speculation that it would be packing a Solid State Drive (SSD) or similar flash memory-based storage in order to keep the size of the profile down, as well as moving some of the ports around.
An anonymous reader of NetbookNews.de has sent them quite a bit of information along with photos that are clearly not publicity or marketing stills – they show the machine in use, as well as closeups of the ports. They claim it’s got a normal Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz) CPU under the hood, and is based on the current 945GME chipset (ICH7).
Just as important – they claim it’s got a 160GB HDD, which you would think might add to the bulk, however if the measurements they gave NetbookNews.de are accurate, namely the thickness of 0.9 inches / 24 mm, then it is indeed quite a bit slimmer than the 10″ Acer Aspire Ones that are currently shipping.
The keyboard layout resembles the current 10.1-inch Acer Aspire One, although the Synaptics touchpad looks larger. In one of the photos you can clearly see the SD Expansion slot, something that was dropped between the 10″ and 8.9″ Acer Aspire One.
Some notes on the “Slimline” Acer Aspire One AAO:
– Running some form of SuSE 11.1 (user installed, not production or pre-production)
– 10.2″ Widescreen display, 1024×600
– 1GB RAM/Memory
– 160GB HDD
– Broadcomm Bluetooth
– Atheros 802.11a/b/g
– Attansic Gigabit Ethernet
– 3-cell battery with around 3 hours of life
– Possibly 3G options
Width: 10 inches / 255 mm
Depth: 7.3 inches / 185 mm
Height: 0.9 inches / 24 mm
Treat it as rumors for now, but it’s certainly interesting, and Acer has plenty of room in their Aspire One line to throw in a psuedo-luxury netbook, similar to Asustek’s Asus N10 or Asus Eee PC S101.