Update: We’ve got an update on specs and pricing, appended to the bottom of the post.
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, 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.
Update: Our German counterparts at netbooknews.de have spotted an online store listing for a black 522 in Thailand, priced at 12,829 baht ($425) and the following specs – Windows 7 Starter, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD, HD webcam, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth+EDR, 10/100 LAN and said specs – an AMD C-Series C-50 processor (1GHz), ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics, 1280 x 720 10.1″ display and a 6-cell battery.