There’s word on the streets that Acer is working to develop a new 15inch Ultrabook that they will ship next year for $699. This piece of information comes from sources within the Taiwanese supply chain that serves the company.
Apparently Acer has made quite a bit of profit from their 11inch and 13inch Ultrabooks and hence is looking to cash in further by developing a 15inch product. The low $699 price tag is bound to attract more customers than ever before, thus serving the purpose that it is apparently being built for.
There’s actually no solid evidence of this development work, so keep some salty handy just in case it turns out to a techie daydream. The same sources who have leaked this vital piece of information have also supplied us with the name of the company that is going to manufacturer these laptops — Pegatron.
Pegatron is the company behind Asus and is currently also in charge of manufacturing Lenovo’s brand new quad-core tablet device and many other things.
Pegatron’s 2012 shipments for Ultrabooks are expected to reach close to 19 million units (18.99 to be precise). If that really happens, that is going to be a 22% percent increase year on year for the ODM (Original Device Manufacturer).
There’s no word on whether Acer’s current Ultrabook models will also be sent to Pegatron for manufacturing and it seems highly unlikely that they will. Acer currently gets it Ultrabooks manufactured by Winstron — a company that has started becoming a powerful rival for Pegatron.
Looking at the worldwide sales figures from Acer, it seems that the company is expected to sell about 250,000 to 300,000 11inch and 13inch Ultraboook model.
Neither Pegatron nor Acer has agreed to own up to the report, which itself is a strong indicator of the authenticity of the report. It makes sense that neither would comment on the report because Acer seems to have multiple ODMs (Winstron and Pegatron). With the order going somewhere else, Acer’s relationship with Winstron might dwindle. Or may be Acer as not really finalized anything but just was in the talks for the hardware with Pegatron when the leak happened. Either way, something is definitely afoot at Acer’s R&D labs.
Over all, Acer is going to become the latest in the long line of sub $1000 ultrabooks that are scheduled to come out next year once the Windows 8 is released commercially. What would hopefully happen is that Acer would stand out from amongst all other with a price tag lower than most. That is the only way they are going get noticed else it will be a very crowded market for them to make dent.
Meanwhile, both Toshiba and Lenovo are also hard at work on Ultrabooks. They, along with others, will launch these models late 2012. That is right after the commercial release of windows 8.
Acer’s Aspire One is a small and a good netbook which can be carried anywhere easily. It has Intel’s Atom N270 Processor that’s large enough to get the job done. The following are some of the features and advantages of the Acer AOD150.
With a 1.6 gigahertz Intel Atom N270 CPU, the AOD150 combines battery life with performance which will help you easily get things done. You can access the net easily with the help of this netbook. It takes a very few minutes to go online by booting the netbook. It is also ideal for use in the car. It has a swish style and weighs about three pounds. Both the color and the swish design are liked by the general public. It is also notable for its latest technology.
Plenty of media can be stored as the storage drive has a capacity of 160 gigabytes. The screen measuring about 10.1 inches includes two gigabytes of memory. It also has enough space for four gigabytes of RAM. It also has a large amount of power and a very good web cam. It is priced very less considering the features it has to offer. You can get better sound by buying external speakers as the sound is just decent. You can use the 3 USB ports as you like. This netbook includes a 6.5 hour battery. So the Acer Aspire One AOD150-1165 is good considering the battery feature also.
You can opt for the wireless connection if you wish to attach an optical drive. Alternately you can make use of the serial port to access your DVD and CD drives. There is also a SD drive and another which allows you to make use of different varieties of drives. There is a microphone jack and a headphone jack.
The Acer Aspire One D250 is the next evolution of the Aspire D150, with a few changes in features and size. One of the first things you’ll notice is the size has been cut, along with some of the weight from the Aspire D150. This is due in to the fact the newer model has opted to drop half of its battery load from six cells in the Acer Aspire D150, down to half. Yes, this netbook has three cells, and a shorter battery life is the most noticeable result.
The Aspire D150 has the same thing under the hood as the D250, so there were no surprises there. You’re looking at a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 as the processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM at 533 MHz, and 160GB hard drive. It comes with Windows XP SP3 operating system and comes in a little over 2 pounds without the AC adapter.
Taking out the other three battery cells brought the height down to 1 inch, with over all dimensions of 10.17 x 7.24 inches. The screen has a diagonal width of 10.1 inches. For those of you who are fashion conscious, the machine is available in several colors: Diamond Black, Ruby Red, Seashell White, and Sapphire Blue.
Since this machine is based on the same Atom N270 of all other netbooks, it is pretty much standard fair in performance. It’s definitely well suited for the purpose of Web surfing, viewing media files, and office documents. The loss of the three battery cells made a difference in size, but at a cost of battery life. To some this may not be such a big deal, but we’re talking about four hours of battery power doing nothing intensive.
All things considered, for a starting price of $298, you can’t really complain, but it’s also nothing to get excited about either.
I’ll keep adding more data. Stay tuned!