Acer officially announced the 10.1″ AMD Fusion based Aspire One 522 back at CES last week but I didn’t see any mention of a shipping date.
Sooner than later more likely as Amazon.com has both the Diamond Black and Olive Green models up for pre-order, for $329.99 although with no shipping date set.
We know the specs already – a 10.1″ 1280 x 720 display, Ontario AMD C-50 APU (1GHz, dual core), Radeon HD 6250 graphics, 250GB HDD, 3x USB ports, HDMI out, webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100 LAN, Windows 7 Starter and a 6 hour battery. Weighs 2.87 pounds and comes in at 1-inch thick. Chassis is not new and borrowed from an earlier design. Like Acer always has done, we will see multiple models, some with optional Bluetooth and 3G and perhaps varying battery capacities.
Back in August we heard a rumor that the next Acer Aspire One Ferrari would be coming with AMD Fusion. We haven’t heard anything since then but that could definitely still happen. Now, we’ve got a leak of a new Acer netbook with AMD Fusion – the Acer Aspire One 522, from the person who has constantly leaked new Acer netbooks in the past, Macles.
This 10-inch Aspire One 522, follows on from the AMD Nile based 521, also 10-inch in size and carries over the same chassis but in green, and no doubt there’ll be more colors. Chassis aside, this is a new beast; It’ll have the next generation AMD Fusion platform, in particular, an AMD C-50 ‘Ontario’ APU, which is a 1GHz dual core processor, with a total TDP of 9W. For graphics, it has a Radeon 6250 chip, with DirectX 11 support with UVD3 accelerated video decoding.
That 10-inch display will have a higher resolution 1280 x 720 resolution. This isn’t the first time Acer has pumped out 10-inch netbooks with 1280 x 720 displays but it’s just that they haven’t been available in most countries. This could just as easily be released with a standard 1024 x 600 display. There’s also HDMI output to take advantage of all that media processing power.
Battery life is rated at 6 hours with a 6-cell battery, so perhaps we shouldn’t expect too much improvement in battery life over the current generation AMD Nile platform. There’s also a mono speaker instead of stereo.