Slimmer Acer Aspire One ZG8 / A0530 at the FCC

Acer Aspire One 10-inch We’ve been hearing about the rumors and leaked information since last month, and now we have some confirmation – This new netbook/ultraportable has now shown up at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for testing of its communications hardware (WiFi, etc.). The document dates are listed as March 9, 2009, with some of the submission documents listing March 4, 2009 in the headers, while some of the documentation lists application dates of February 11, with test dates of February 27, 2009.

One of the documents lists this information:
We, Acer Inc, hereby declare that ZG8, Aspire one, AO530 (model name) can not be used for operation of HSUPA and CDMA2000 1xRTT/EV DO function. The HSUPA and CDMA2000 1xRTT/EV DO functions of this EUT are disabled by firmware control, which the users cannot enable it.

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Dell Inspiron Mini 10 – More Information?

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Engadget has a link to a slide from what looks to be presentation about the upcoming 10″ Dell Inspiron Mini 10. We’ve already had a false start or two about the Mini 10. While it was announced and discussed at CES last month, very little is known. The slide has quite a bit of information.

Their target customers are (and I quote):
– Youth social networking/entertainment
– Vacation/coffee shop companion

The primary usage they see from the Mini 10 (again, I’m quoting):
– Mobile web & communication
– Video entertainment
– Social networking

Display: 10.1″ 16:9 (1024×576) or 1366×768 (close to 720p)
CPU: Z520 1.3GHz, Z530 1.6GHz Intel Atom Silverthorn
Weight: 2.2 pounds
Battery: 3-cell (3-4 hours) or 6-cell (6-8 hours)
OS: Linux (Probably Ubuntu) or Windows XP Home
Colors: black, white, red, pink, blue, green, “Picasso”
HDD: 2.5″ 120GB or 160GB – (unsure if SATA or IDE)
RAM: 1GB or 2GB DDR2
I/O: 3x USB 2.0, 2 headphones(?), HDMI
Wireless: 802.11g/n + WWAN options
Internal Options: GPS, TV Tuner
– Multi-touch Touchpad

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MSI Wind U110, U115, U120, U300 Details

A very good article was posted on LAPTOP Magazine’s blog concerning MSI’s upcoming plans for January’s 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), as well as their general plans going into the first part of 2009. The information came from a discussion with MSI’s Director of U.S. … Read more

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Announced, Review

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 It looks like the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 has a big brother. Yesterday, Dell announced the new 12″ Intel Atom-powered Dell Inspiron Mini 12 netbook. Yes, a 12″ display is really pushing the definition of just what a netbook is (and this is the first 12″ netbook). It’s pushing it more than even the Asus N10 and its dedicated NVIDIA graphics chipset.

For the first time, faster Intel Atom CPUs are being offered: The Z520 (1.33GHz, 512KB L2) and Z530 (1.6GHz, 512KB L2), both of which may have some hardware virtualization capabilities (depending on whether they are enabled or not). Windows Vista Home Basic is the OS of choice for the initial launch model, but Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP Home will also be offered later on. Dell claims a battery life of three and a half hours.

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Intel Atom Benchmarks vs Celeron M

PC Watch has obtained the desktop version of the MSI Wind PC. They ran some benchmarks against it, including against the Intel Celeron M-powered 900MHz Asus Eee PC 900 as well as the 7-inch 630MHz Asus Eee PC. Now while this may not seem like … Read more