A few days back we wrote about Acer's new Aspire One A110 with an 8GB SSD drive.
This morning several European retailers listed the A150, a much more serious machine with an 80GB drive and 1024MB of memory. Unlike the A110 which only ships with Linux, the A150 will be available both with XP and Linux. You can check out the listing on geizhals, here
The pricing is also interesting; the XP version should cost €399, just like MSI's Wind and Asus's Eee 900, while the Linux version is €20 cheaper. It's hard to see why anyone would go for the Eee at these prices, but neither the Eee 900, nor the new netbooks from Acer and MSI are currently available, so prices are subject to change. Obviously, Asus will have to drop its prices significantly, as the competition will offer much more at the same price, or even cheaper in the case of Acer's One with Linux.
Both the Aspire One and MSI's Wind are turning shaping up to be very stiff competition for the Eee. In terms of hardware, they're closely matched, they both pack the same CPU, 1GB of memory and an 80GB hard drive. So, at the same price you can choose between the smaller and 300g lighter Acer, or go for the MSI with a slightly bigger screen and more choice is just what this market needs.
We're also expecting an 8.9-inch Wind as well as a new Atom powered Acer with a 12-inch screen; the latter sounds rather interesting.
Now, the bad news: European retailers listing the Aspire One A150 expect to have it in stock in 8 to 12 weeks, so you'll have to wait for September in the worst case scenario. MSI will probably ship its Wind a lot earlier, probably in late june, and we just hope Acer shifts into top gear to catch up asap.
Acer Aspire One listed