Acer Expands Popular Line of Aspire One Netbooks to Include Unique Dual-Boot Option with Android and Windows XP Operating Systems

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Acer America, the world’s second largest notebook PC vendor and third largest PC vendor1, today announced U.S. availability of the Aspire One AOD250 netbook featuring a dual-boot operating system including Android™ and Windows XP® Home. The open design of Android gives Aspire One users faster connections to the Internet and increased access to productivity and entertainment applications. Continuing to push the envelope on mobile computing solutions, Acer is offering the 10.1-inch Aspire One AOD250 with Android and Windows XP to U.S. customers with prices beginning at $349.99.

The Aspire One AOD250 netbook includes a dual-boot feature allowing users to switch between Android and Windows XP Home operating systems with just a click of a mouse. Designed specifically for mobile devices and applications, Android allows the Aspire One netbook to boot up and shut down quickly with “instant on” Internet connectivity, saving time and boosting productivity.

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“The Android operating system and the Aspire One netbook is an ideal combination for end users that require a highly mobile device for data consumption,” said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product management for Acer America. “The unique dual-boot OS on the new Aspire One ensures users fast connections, the familiarity of Windows, and the added convenience of open source mobile platforms and applications.”

Combining ultra-portability and design

The Aspire One netbook is a simple and reliable mobile computing solution. Engineered for extreme mobility and weighing less than three pounds, the Aspire One utilizes the energy-efficient Intel® Atom™ Processor N280 to keep users connected while on-the-go. The Aspire One comes with a high-density, six-cell, 5800 mAh battery, 1GB of memory, integrated 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi network connectivity, and a generous 160GB internal hard drive to store plenty of digital albums, music and documents. The Aspire One utilizes a Multi-Gesture Touchpad, allowing users to pinch, flick and swirl their fingers across the touchpad for intuitive navigation. It also allows users to scroll, zoom in and out and flip through web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more.

The Aspire One has a 10.1-inch CrystalBrite™ LED-backlit display, offering a broader viewing area for Web page navigation and data input. For communication needs, the netbook is equipped with the Acer Crystal Eye webcam, delivering smooth video streaming and high quality images for online chats and business video conferences, even in low-light situations. A built-in digital microphone conveys superior voice quality, keeping background noise levels low and minimizing echoes. Bluetooth® 2.1 allows the Aspire One easy connectivity to enabled wireless devices, such as phones, printers and PDAs.

Acer Aspire One AOD250 with Android™ Specifications

  • Intel® Atom™ Processor N280 (1.66GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB)
  • Dual-Boot Operating System, choose between Android™ and Windows® XP Home operating systems
  • 10.1" WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite™ LED-backlit Display
  • Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset
  • Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • 1024MB DDR2 667MHz Memory
  • 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
  • Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
  • Bluetooth® 2.1
  • Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcam
  • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Dolby® Headphone Technology
  • Multi-Gesture Touchpad
  • 3 – USB 2.0 Ports
  • 6-cell Li-ion Battery (5800 mAh)
  • 2.79 lbs. | 1.27 kg
  • 10.2” (W) x 8.4” (D) x 1.0” (H)
  • MSRP: $349.99
  • Four stylish colors: Ruby Red, Diamond Black, Sapphire Blue and Seashell White

Pricing and Availability

The Aspire One AOD250 netbook is available now via Acer’s authorized resellers and at major retailers nationwide, with prices beginning at $349.99. The Aspire One comes with a one-year limited warranty.

About Acer America

Since its founding in 1976, Acer has constantly pursued the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Focused on marketing its brand-name IT products around the globe, Acer ranks as the world’s No. 3 vendor for total PCs(1) and No. 2 for notebooks,(1) with the fastest growth among the top-five players. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to Acer’s continued growth, while the successful mergers of Gateway and Packard Bell complete the company’s global footprint by strengthening its presence in the U.S. and enhancing its strong position in Europe. The Acer Group employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. 2008 revenues reached US$16.65 billion. See www.acer.com for more information.

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1 Source: Gartner data, FY 2008

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