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Rumors surface of 11.6-inch Acer Aspire One

Blog reports that an 11.6-inch version of the Acer Netbook, Acer Aspire One Pro 731, is in the works. If true, it means Netbooks will start invading another niche market currently populated by only the Vaio TT series.

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If you feel the 10.1-inch Aspire One AOD150 (pictured) is too stingy with screen estate, and the 12.1-inch Dell Inspiron Mini 12 just too darn big, you'll probably want to wait for this. Blog site macles suggests that an 11.6-inch version of the Acer Netbook, Acer Aspire One Pro 731, is in the works. If this is true, it means Netbooks will start invading another niche market currently populated by only the Vaio TT series.

This new model targets the prosumer and business user, which is similar to the positioning of the HP Mini 2140. Besides the high-resolution 1,366x768 display, the other noticeable improvement is the redesigned keyboard with flat keys much like those on the MacBook and Sony Vaio.

Unfortunately, the rumored model is said to be based on the current Atom Z530 processor with integrated Intel GMA500 video chipset. We were hoping for the next-gen Atom N280/Intel GN40 platform which is said to be able to handle 720p video.

Our only concern is that since this model targets the business crowd, we might see a premium placed on the 11.6-inch model. We'll know more once we get closer to the release date of the Acer Aspire One Pro.

(Via Crave Asia)

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