Is Acer planning to build an Aspire One laptop with an 11.6 inch display? That’s what Macles is reporting, and the site does have a pretty good track record of breaking Acer-related netbook news.
If the rumor is true, the new Aspire One would have an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It would also have an Intel Atom Z530 CPU and integrated GMA 500 graphics with hardware support for decode HD video. The Z530 isn’t exactly a speed demon, but it’s easy on the power consumption.
I’m reluctant to call a laptop with an 11.6 inch display a netbook, and to be fair, Acer hasn’t labeled this computer as such yet. But slapping the Aspire One name on it seems like a bad idea to me. I prefer the way Asus has done things so far, by differentiating between its netbooks with the Eee PC moniker and higher end machines like the Asus N10 series that look a lot like netbooks, but have higher quality graphics cards and other components.
But it sounds like the only thing separating the 11.6 inch Acer Aspire One from its netbook brethren is size. It will have the same processor as many netbooks and it will still be thin and light compared to full sized laptops. Am I being too rigid here? What do you think, can an 11 or 12 inch notebook be a netbook?