Acer Readies Aspire One 722 Netbook with AMD Inside

Tablets and eBook readers and smartphones, oh my! Is there any room left for netbooks, the forgotten hero of yesteryear? Of course there is, and to prove it, Acer is coming out with a new netbook that wanders off the beaten path in more ways than one.

For starters, you won't find an Intel Atom processor inside Acer's upcoming Aspire One 722. Acer instead turned to AMD's dual-core Ontario C-50 APU clocked at 1GHz per core with integrated Radeon 6250 graphics.

Secondly, the 722 teeters on the edge between a netbook and ultraportable with a somewhat non-standard 11.6-inch display with a 1366x768 resolution. If you've found 10.1-inch netbooks to be slightly too small, this could be the in-between you're looking for.

And finally, the Aspire One 722 earns style points with a decorative lid tapped with a "water drop" design. This was first seen on the Aspire One D257 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and is a neat departure from your run-of-the-mill netbook aesthetic.

Unfortunately, Acer didn't say when the new model will launch or for how much.