Acer is set to release its new Acer Aspire One D260 net book, which is a dual boot net book that can run on Android and Windows 7 on the new DDR3-ready N455 or Intel Atom N450. Acer Aspire One D260 net book is a sequel product to the atom powered dual-boot Acer Aspire One D250-1613 released last October. The Acer D250 became the first atom-powered net book that ran on Android.
D260 Net Book for Windows 7
Windows 7 is the main operating system on the Acer Aspire D260 just like on the Acer D250-1613, with the Android set as an accessory option. It seems Android is set as an alternative for a fast boot just like the similar OS role on some quick boot Linux products like MontaVista’s MontaBello, Xandros’ Presto and Phoenix Technologies’ HyperSpace.
The fast boot Android alternative is quite effective. Acer claims a user can access an email client or web browser within just 15 seconds after putting on the D260, if the user boots with Android. The ability of Acer D260 to boot in less than 15 seconds shows a minor improvement from D250 that was cited as taking 18 seconds to boot.
Acer D260 runs on the latest Atom processor version, the Pineview Atom processor N450 or N455. The later D250 model ran on a 1.66GHz N280 Atom processor, which is a slight variation of the 1.6 GHz Atoms N270. Both the D250 and D260 models run on processors equipped with onboard graphics and set to consume less power. The battery of the D260 however offers only eight hours, while the later the battery of the D250 model offers nine hours.
Acer Aspire D260 has a 2GB DDR2 or DDR3 memory capacity. It also comes with a 160GB capacity hard drive with an option for an additional 250GB HDD. Acer D260 spots an Acer CrystalBrite 10.1 inch backlit display screen with a 16:9 format and WSVGA (1024 x 600) resolution. It however does not support any touch screen capabilities.
The Acer D260 is said to come with a wider multi-gesture touchpad compared to that on D250. According to Acer, the D260 comes with a 93 percent standard keyboard, which offers larger keys compared to the D250 version. Acer D260 also comes with a 10/100 Ethernet port, a Bluetooth 3.0 and 3G modems plus 802.11b/g/n. There is also a CrystalEye Acer webcam that is said to be capable of enhanced support for conditions of low lighting. The D260 is expected be available in black flake, pink flake, purple flake and charcoal flake colors.
There is a picture of the net book on SlashGear with most of the product specifications. According to the specs provided on SlashGear, the Acer D260 also has one VGA port, three 2.0 USB ports, a headphone and microphone jack and a speaker. The specs information uses the term “Android InstantOn” to describe the Android, which suggest minimal install.
According to Acer, the Acer Aspire One D260 models that come with a six-cell battery pack measures just 0.94 inches or 24mm with a weight of 2.76 pounds or 1.25 k. There is also an Acer D260 model with a three-cell battery pack that offers fours hours of battery life. Acer Aspire D260 net book is set to ship on the first day of July, although the price is yet to be specified.