A few sites have popped up with hands-on previews and videos of the upcoming dual-core Acer Aspire One AOD255 (D255). These were for the most part running the dual-core 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550, a new CPU that made it’s debut back in August, where Acer was listed as one of the first companies to be rolling out netbooks with the N550.
One interesting thing, some of these were dual-booting both Microsoft Windows 7 as well as Google’s Android 1.6. The responses to Android were lukewarm, to say the least. Android 1.6 is a touch-enabled and fairly touch-centric OS, and the AOD255 does not have a touchscreen option, leading to navigation issues. Whether this would be improved with Android 2.2, I’m not sure. It was running a version of Firefox called Shiretoko, but there were issues with multi-tasking and switching between apps.
Specifications of some of the D255s previewed:
– 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 (other CPUs will be available)
– Dual-boot between Windows 7 Starter and Google Android 1.6
UMPC Portal has included some benchmarks, including multimedia benchmarks, and CrystalMark, and LAPTOP Magazine posted the video shown above.
For a full (as of now) listing of models in the AOD255 line, see the Acer Aspire One AOD255 Models & Configurations page.