New EEE to Outclass Other Netbooks?

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Rumours of a dual-core Intel Atom processor have been doing the rounds for a while, but now those rumours have spread to encompass Asus’ EEE PC, which people are saying could be the first netbook to boast a dual-core Atom.

Asus EEE 1000HA

According to Liliputing Asus’ EEE PC 1201N and 1201HA ‘leaked’ specifications include the fact that it boasts fully 3GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, to say nothing of the fact that it boasts the newly finalised Wireless-n standard. As you might have guessed from the first paragraph though, we’re particularly interested in the news that the EEE 1201N is said to boast a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 dual core processor… and it’s Nvidia ION based, like Samsung’s N510.

While it might all seem a little overkill for a netbook, the device itself comes in at the 12.1” mark, which keeps it in the “ just too small for a laptop” category that seems to be the dividing line between netbook and notebook.

It’ll be interesting to see if these specs turn out to be true when we get more official word on the EEE 1201N, but if there aren’t any significant changes then this could very well be the machine that really encourages people to start considering netbooks for more heavy-lifting tasks than word-processing and web browsing.

It’s also worth pointing out that, because it’s ION based, it’s capable of high definition video playback and boasts a HDMI port, which is nothing to be sneezed at in a netbook. Looks like Asus has something to look forward to, if the reports are true. You can read more about it over at Liliputing.

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2 Responses to “New EEE to Outclass Other Netbooks?”

  1. Thomas Mc Gonnell Says:

    I wonder what kind of battery life we could expect. Still sounds like a great laptop. I wonder what the price would be like.

    • komplettie Says:

      The battery life is said to be up to eight hours on six cell, but those are always the MOST optimistic estimates 😉 I’ll be interested to see what it gets with that kind of hardware under real conditions alright.

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