Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/22/acer_aa1_phase_out/

Acer to phase out 8.9in Aspire One netbook?

Making room for the 10in model, moles claim

By Tony Smith

Posted in Hardware, 22nd January 2009 11:43 GMT

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. ®

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