A new Aspire One by Acer is set to include VMedia Mini Blue laser optical disk drives, being the second major netbook manufacturer (after ASUS) to support optical disks on its netbooks. The Acer Aspire One 571 is the model in question, which features a VMedia disc drive and a 10.1-inch 1280×720 pixel HD screen.
Word has it Acer threw in a Quartics Q1721 Multimedia Coprocessor to help out the tiny Atom N280 in decoding HD video. The move for bigger and better netbook graphics has been pushed by companies like Nvidia. The day may come when gaming on netbooks is viable on a large scale, and the Quartics CPU is a big step in that direction.
No word on release dates for the Acer Aspire One 571, but we’ll keep our eyes open.