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Acer Aspire One Intel Atom mini laptop

To no one's great surprise, laptop maker Acer has joined the throng and announced the Acer Aspire One - an Intel Atom processor-based mini laptop. The 8.9in Acer Aspire One will be available in either Linux or Windows XP Home versions.

The Linux model with come with Linpus Linux Lite and both laptop versions will be available with either 512MB or 1GB of DDR RAM.

Chipmaker Intel says more than 25 laptop manufacturers are developing mini laptops based around its Atom processor - a low-power processor that enables the design of very small laptops with batteries that last up to twice as long as many of today's power-hungry models.

Most manufacturers have chosen this week's Computex technology trade fair in Taipei, Taiwan, to announce their take on the Intel Atom reference design. Acer, however, is demonstrating its Acer Aspire One model in London.

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Acer Aspire One mini laptop

The Acer Aspire One mini laptop has an 8.9in screen and will be available in a choice of four colours

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