Lots of UMPC goodness coming out of Computex Taipei, this time from Acer.
The newly announced Acer Aspire One is a UMPC with specs like:
- 8.9 inch 1024 x 600 LCD-backlit display
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
- 512MB DDR2 RAM
- 80GB hard drive for Windows XP version, 8GB SSD (solid-state drive) for Linux version
- 1.3 megapixel camera
- SDHC and multi-format card readers
- 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
- One free mini PCI slow for WWAN
- 3 or 6-cell battery options
- 2.2 pounds
Look for it to be released later this month overseas for £199 for the Linux version and £299 for the XP version in your choice of blue or white, with red and black models coming later on. It SHOULD be coming to the US later this year.
For more info check out the product page here. Honestly, it seems lean on content but has some decent pictures. Hopefully they’ll add more substance soon.
When you think of the processor inside of a UMPC, you probably think of a chip by Via or Intel–after all, it’s their processors that are powering Asus Eee PC’s and the MSI Wind.
Visitors at the AMD booth today at Computex Taipei found out that AMD is working on their own solution to allow UMPC makers to produce an AMD-based system.
There aren’t a whole lot of details out right now, but a company called Malata is currently building a system using an unknown AMD chip which is presumably part of AMD’s new solution.
Look for systems using this new AMD hardware in the second half of this year with a price of less than $400.
Canonical (makers of Ubuntu Linux) today officially unveiled a new version of Ubuntu Linux at Computex Taipei dubbed Ubuntu Netbook Remix.
This version is a “reworked desktop image of Ubuntu built specifically for a new category of portable internet-centric devices.”
According to the press release, “Ubuntu Netbook Remix leverages Moblin technologies optimized for the Intel Atom processor…our goal is to deliver a superb user experience while making it simple and cost-effective for device manufacturers to be able to bring their devices to the consumer marketplace.”
Don’t expect devices with Ubuntu Netbook Remix pre-installed until later this year.
While the Computex Taipei expo doesn’t open until tomorrow, the WiMax Expo show is open and Asus is showing off their WiMax-enabled Eee PC 901.
Specs of the WiMax-enabled 901 include:
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor
- 8.9 inch screen
- 1GB of memory
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Card reader that supports MMC/SD/SDHC cards
The WiMax-enabled 901 will be available with either Linux or Windows XP. The Linux version will come with a 20GB SSD (solid-state drive) while the Windows version will come with a 12GB SSD.
No official pricing info yet.
Look for more info about the 901 without WiMax support tomorrow when Computex opens.
Asus CEO Jerry Shen has confirmed a couple of juicy new bits of info about his company’s Eee PC line:
- A model with a 10-inch screen is expected later this year
- An Intel Atom-based model will launch at the Computex show
Shen says that “the feedback we’ve received from users has been great. Many have asked us for bigger screens and better usability. That’s what made us start developing the Eee PC 900.”
That’s also, I’m sure, why the 10-inch model is being developed as well.
Asus says that anything with a 12-inch screen or larger is a “classic notebook PC” and not an Eee PC and that a 10-inch screen is “the biggest screen an Eee PC will ever get.”
No other info about specs or pricing for the 10-inch or Atom-based models but look for that info in the coming months.
[Via PC World]