Acer to phase out 8.9in Aspire One netbook?
Making room for the 10in model, moles claim
Prefer Acer's 8.9in Aspire One netbook to the upcoming 10in version? Then if you don't already own one, now's the time to buy - it could have been killed by the time the bigger model has arrived.
Acer, we should say, hasn't commented on the claim, but if unnamed "notebook industry insiders" cited by DigiTimes are to be believed, the company will phase out the original AA1 to make room for the 10in model.
The allegation comes on the heels of reports that Asus is considering whittling down its very extensive range of Eee PC netbooks in order to cut costs and make it easier for punters to pick one in these recessionary times.
On that basis, Acer might well consider keeping its netbook line-up limited to a single model.
It's also worth recalling that various netbook market observers have forecast that the 10in screen size, hard drive and Windows XP, will become the de facto netbook form-factor in 2009. ®
Re: The Truth
That's great news, though hopefully "updated specification" doesn't also involve normalisation on the 10" chassis like so many other manufacturers are currently doing. There may well be only a few millimetres in it, but that's also the average thickness of the thin end of a wedge.
@Adam: try tinyurl.com. That long link of yours is turned into the http://tinyurl.com/b69jfs
I've bought mine AA1 (8GB SSD, Linux) for approximately $200, while WinXP/HDD model was twice more expensive. I suspect that WinXP license alone adds something like $100 to the price... WRT Aspire One 10" -- I believe that current 8.9" model's frame already has enough space to accomodate 10" matrix, and this would be much more worthwhile investment than putting crap Billy's OS on the AA1.
@XP Works fine on SSDs
Interesting comments (mostly the 8 hours a day, for 365 days), as the other stuff you mention is what anybody who knows what they're doing would do... :)
However, the good speed you are talking about is after or before you've installed all the extra security crap you have to, to Windows, to make it secure, especially if it's designed to be connecting up to any old wireless network that you can find, on the move...?
To the 10 inch too big comments, according to:
the AA1 8.9" is 249mm x 195mm x 36mm. The new model is 260mm x 185mm x 34mm. Not much in it at all.
Re: XP Works fine on SSDs
The base spec AA1 is known to have a particularly crap and slow SSD that is not particularly Windows friendly.