Acer has offered a line of mini-laptops with low power Intel Atom processors under its Acer Aspire One brand since 2008. But for the first time the company is introducing a new model which offers higher-performance processors.
The Acer Aspire One 756 is a notebook with an 11.6 inch display, and a choice of an Intel Celeron 877, Intel Pentium 967, or Intel Pentium 987 CPU.
While Celeron and Pentium chips aren’t exactly top-of-the-line processors, they can generally run circles around most Atom processors. Historically these chips have consumed more power than Atom processors, but the CPU isn’t the only component in a PC that takes it toll on battery life… and I’ve seen plenty of ultrabooks with Core i5 processors that get better battery life than Atom-powered netbooks.
The Aspire One 756 has Intel HD graphics, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 500GB of storage, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
It will be available soon in blac, blue, red, or silver colors.
The laptop measures 11.2″ x 8″ x 0.8″ and weighs 3 pounds with a 4 cell battery.
Unfortunately there’s no word on the pricing or release date yet.
Update 6/28/2012: The laptop has started shipping, and it looks like prices range from $330 and $380.