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Acer Aspire 522 & 722 receiving updated CPUs

The two Acer netbooks have reportedly been upgraded with C-60 Fusion processors and integrated Radeon 6290 graphics

The old Acer Aspire One 522 was first seen late last year and the Aspire One 722 earlier this year in April, both with similar specs. These 10.1-inch and 11.6-inch netbooks ran on AMD Fusion C-50 APUs with integrated Radeon 6250 graphics, 1280x720 or 1366x768 resolution screens and 2GB RAM. The latter notebook included a nice “water drop” design on its lid surface for a more eye-pleasing chassis.

Now that these netbooks have reached 6 months old or more, Acer decided that it was about time for a hardware upgrade. NotebookItalia spotted new, upgraded models of the Aspire One 522 and 722 online. As far as we can see, the specs are more or less the same as the previous models save for the processor. Both netbooks have been updated with a Fusion C-60 APU and integrated Radeon HD 6290 graphics. While the C-50 runs quite cool, we weren’t exactly fans of its performance in the Lenovo E125. The C-60 should be able to provide the extra performance that some netbook users may need without the added weight or heat.

Otherwise, both notebooks will come with similar designs and their own 6-cell battery.

According to the source, the Aspire One 522 and 722 are currently selling for 249 Euros (339 USD) and 399 Euros (543 USD), respectively. There is no mention of a U.S. release as of this writing.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-09-28 (Update: 2012-05-26)