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Acer Launching AMD-based Aspire One Netbook?

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Details of the Acer Aspire One 521 emerge.

Liliputing reports that Acer is gearing up to launch a new 10.1-inch Aspire One netbook that uses AMD's 1.2 GHz V105 single core processor. Part of AMD's "Nile" lineup, the CPU boasts 512 KB of L2 cache, a total power draw of 9 watts, and support for DDR3 memory. Previous Aspire One models featured the Intel Atom chip.

In addition to the AMD processor, the Acer Aspire One 521 will also use the AMD M880G chipset and integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics with 384 MB of dedicated memory. With an HDMI output jack in place, the netbook should achieve HD video playback of 720p at the very least. It's assumed that the netbook's LCD screen has a native resolution of 1366 x 768, however the display's specs were not disclosed.

Also packed into the netbook will be optional Bluetooth 3.0+HS support, UVD2 support, and a battery life of up to 7 hours. Acer is also including a new compact, light power adapter with interchangeable plugs called MiniGo.

Currently there's no word on pricing or launch date.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , April 20, 2010 6:40 PM
    I do like the hardware specs but... (thumb me down for it if you wish).. it remains an acer... and I have bad experience with them... sorry, but I won't be buying this.
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    quicksilver98 , April 20, 2010 7:18 PM
    It's about time AMD gets it's chance in the Netbook ring. I hope they give Intel a good run for their money.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , April 20, 2010 6:40 PM
    I do like the hardware specs but... (thumb me down for it if you wish).. it remains an acer... and I have bad experience with them... sorry, but I won't be buying this.
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    shotgunpadre , April 20, 2010 6:59 PM
    I could've given it a chance, but almost everyone got their netbooks. sorry but you're a little late amd. specs are great tough.
  • 8 Hide
    igot1forya , April 20, 2010 7:11 PM
    :)  Benchmark scores please!
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    quicksilver98 , April 20, 2010 7:18 PM
    It's about time AMD gets it's chance in the Netbook ring. I hope they give Intel a good run for their money.
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    warmon6 , April 20, 2010 7:31 PM
    xbeaterI do like the hardware specs but... (thumb me down for it if you wish).. it remains an acer... and I have bad experience with them... sorry, but I won't be buying this.


    same. had a new laptop from them fail in just few months. other brands (Lenovo and Toshiba) have decent to very good builds that still lasting even today.
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    qwerty45 , April 20, 2010 7:50 PM
    but can it play crysis?
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    phate , April 20, 2010 8:07 PM
    Ubuntu?
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    bliq , April 20, 2010 8:32 PM
    NegativeX"the netbook should achieve HD video playback of 720p at the very least."All the while you can get an ION Netbook that does 1080p, smoothly...PASS


    HD4200 series video from AMD is about equivalent to the 9300 used by ION. So 1080p should be fine and smooth, but they're hedging their bets. By the way, ION, in my experience isn't smooth unless you're playing BluRay. once you're doing quicktime or hd web content, forget it. you need more CPU horsepower than an atom can provide. Maybe this AMD has more raw processing power?
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    hellwig , April 20, 2010 8:37 PM
    NegativeX"the netbook should achieve HD video playback of 720p at the very least."All the while you can get an ION Netbook that does 1080p, smoothly...PASS


    They said at the very least. Don't blow a vein, I mean, the official specs haven't been released yet.

    I have no doubt this chipset/CPU combo will easily support 1080P (384MB dedicated memory for chrissake!). The article only says 720P because traditional 10.1" screens only support 720P. Video-output could be higher assuming they get the drivers/software setup correctly.

    Besides, most IONs are attached to an Atom, and I'm guessing this processor will be more powerful than Atom (that, or AMD really dropped the ball on this one).
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    jimkiler , April 20, 2010 8:54 PM
    My MSI with AMD NEO 1.6Ghz and ATI 1250 graphics can already display 720p HD video trailers in quicktime format. This should be able to do 1080p assuming the slower CPU is not an issue. MSI gives me a nice 12 inch 1366x768 screen and I love it.
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    Anonymous , April 20, 2010 9:40 PM
    I am typing at an Aspire One 8.9" at the moment. The Atom, whilst sufficient, represents the lower limit of power for 'acceptable' use. And it is acceptable for it's intended purpose (but that is another argument). I believe below this would be frustrating, however a boot in graphics would be very welcome!
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    Ambictus , April 20, 2010 9:58 PM
    xbeaterI do like the hardware specs but... (thumb me down for it if you wish).. it remains an acer... and I have bad experience with them... sorry, but I won't be buying this.


    Certainly won't rank you down for an honest opinion, but I will say it's not one I share. I've purchased 10+ Acer laptops over the years and have never had a problem one. All have had great reliability. I have noticed 1 issue with them though and that would be that the hinge area has cracked on 2 of them after several years of heavy use. This however hasn't been a hindrance of any kind yet as they're just cracks.

    I for one am a fan of Acer for their "bang for your buck" appeal.
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    alextheblue , April 20, 2010 11:18 PM
    NegativeX"the netbook should achieve HD video playback of 720p at the very least."All the while you can get an ION Netbook that does 1080p, smoothly...PASS
    Yeah, but rather than basing your decision on speculation, maybe you should actually see it in action first? But no, that would be smart...
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    Camikazi , April 21, 2010 12:15 AM
    xbeaterI do like the hardware specs but... (thumb me down for it if you wish).. it remains an acer... and I have bad experience with them... sorry, but I won't be buying this.

    It's been the opposite with me, I have bought 4 refurb Acer laptops in last 3 years for family members (one mine), all are running perfectly with no problems at all. My brother also has an Acer desktop which is around 4 years old also running perfectly.
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    lauxenburg , April 21, 2010 12:20 AM
    AMD has a lot of low power chips out there but they don't get the same branding as Atom which people assume is the elite netbook/nettop chip, but in reality a lot of the AMD processors are just as well off. And the fact that there is HD4000 series graphics in there is great especially for a netbook.

    I am pleased.
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    masterjaw , April 21, 2010 2:20 AM
    I'll suspend judgment on this particular product until it's been bench-marked and tested. Though the specs are quite promising, you'll never know how will it perform unless you tried it.
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    christopherknapp , April 21, 2010 2:45 AM
    NegativeX"the netbook should achieve HD video playback of 720p at the very least."All the while you can get an ION Netbook that does 1080p, smoothly...PASS


    Actually, it doesn't. At all.

    I just sold my ASUS EB1501 Nettop machine, which featured a Dual-Core 330, the ION chipset and video, and an upgraded SSD for hard drive.

    It struggled IMMENSELY to keep up with 720p let alone 1080p.

    Don't be fooled by ION/INTEL combinations, they aren't all they are cracked up to be, and that is coming from an owner.
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    dimar , April 21, 2010 6:43 AM
    give it usb3, esata, expresscard and it's sold
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    Regulas , April 21, 2010 12:26 PM
    xbeaterI do like the hardware specs but... (thumb me down for it if you wish).. it remains an acer... and I have bad experience with them... sorry, but I won't be buying this.

    Owned 2 Acer laptops with no problems at all.
    1. Acer Extensa 14.1" with a 2.13 dual core.
    2. The one I am typing this with right now a 13.3" Acer Timeline.
    Both ran Ubuntu instead of Windows.

    A 10" screen is just too small, 13" is the sweet spot if you ask me.
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    Regulas , April 21, 2010 12:29 PM
    PhateUbuntu?

    If you see it at a Best Buy take in your own external DVD drive and politely ask them to allow you to run Ubuntu live on it with out installing. Most of the computer guys at Best Buy (at least my local one) are pretty savoy about Linux and will let you.
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