Aspire One D270 netbook
will be one of the first to hit the ground running around Intel's Cedar Trail
platform, and if the number of impatient vendors who have started listing the netbook ahead of its official release are any indication, we can surmise the D270 will land very soon.
spotted a whole bunch of European vendors tossing up D270 product pages, most of which have it priced at around 250 euros (about $325 USD). But it's not just showing up in Europe. Adorama, a store in New York City best known for its photography equipment, is also listing the D270, priced at $280 before shipping (no mention of when it will ship).
The Aspire One D270 is a 10.1-inch netbook flaunting an Intel
Atom N2600 processor (1.6GHz, dual-core), 1GB of DDR3 memory, 320GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Starter. The star of the show, of course, is Cedar Trail.
One of the big advantages of the Atom N2600 chip over previous generation Atom processors is reduced power consumption, which is partially the result of moving to a 32nm manufacturing process (down from 45nm). Graphics also get a boost, bumping up from an Intel GMA 3100 clocked at 200MHz to a PowerVR SGX 545 clocked at 400MHz, resulting in a better than 2x GPU performance improvement, according to Intel. Finally, Cedar Trail adds support for DDR3-800/1066 memory, whereas Pinetrail topped out at DDR3-667. It's a minor improvement, but combined with everything else, it should help keep netbooks relevant for the foreseeable future, or so Intel hopes.