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Acer Aspire One 522 To Sport AMD APU, Launches At CES 2011?

Pictures of the Acer Aspire One 522, one of the first laptops to come with an AMD APU, have appeared online, indicating that Acer is going for a chic ultra portable rather than an entry level netbook.

The device, which emerged on a blog called Macles (opens in new tab), will apparently have a 1Ghz AMD C-50 Ontario-class APU with a 10.1-inch 1280x720 pixels glossy-ish screen, three USB ports, VGA out, webcam, Wi-Fi, no optical drive and a HDMI out port.

The Ontario APU has a TDP of only 9W which means that it will be cool enough to have a passive heatsink fan which means that it will be more silent and less likely to break down.

Engadget reports that a Thai online retailer published details of the netbook with 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk drive for around $425 or £350.

We loved the keys layout and the general design of the laptop with a lime colour scheme. It will be interesting to see whether Acer dual boots this model to run Windows 7 and Android OS.

Expect the Acer Aspire One 522 to be launched at CES 2011 next month. We will bring you more photos if we manage to get our hands on the device.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.