Acer's rumoured next netbook, the Aspire One 571 is something of a mixed bag of good and... curious (purported) specs.
Apparently based on either the D150 or D250 chassis the netbook the system features the same 10.1in screen size as those systems, but the resolution is improved to 1,280 x 720 pixels in the 571. Compensating for the woeful HD decoding abilities of Intel's Atom CPUs is a Quartics Q1721 Multimedia Co-processor, taking care of decoding H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, Flash and the like. The chip also offers real-time image processing, such as up-scaling of SD video and noise reduction.
Acer is also said to be cramming an optical drive into the 571. Unlike Asus' Eee PC 1004DN which had a DVD drive, however, Acer's system will only be compatible with UMD-esque Vmedia discs. It's an odd choice and thanks to its inclusion on the system I'm not convinced the 571 will, if released at all, see much uptake. How many of you have even heard of Vmedia before? I'll take that 720p display with nary a complaint, though!