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Asus Producing Netbooks in 2012, Starting Eee PC 1225B

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The Asus Eee PC 1225B netbook is slated for 2012 despite rumors that the form factor is coming to an end.

Various reports are pointing to an Asus netbook that proves the company still has plans for the allegedly dying form factor in 2012. Simply labeled as the Eee PC 1225B, the upcoming device refreshes the specs listed for the previous Eee PC 1215B and is based on AMD's Brazos chipset.

According to the specs, the Asus Eee PC 1225B will arrive in two flavors: a dual-core AMD E450 APU clocked at 1.65 GHz and a dual-core AMD C60 APU clocked at 1.0 GHz. It will also feature one slot for memory, offering 2 GB or 4 GB of DDR3, depending on your wallet. Graphics will be handled by a Radeon HD 6320 or Radeon HD 6290 discrete core.

"With the embedded ATI Radeon HD 6320/6290 graphics, the Asus 1225B provides users the best portable multimedia enjoyment for its size. DirectX 11 support – exceptional 3D performance allows users to play games and video smoother than ever before," the product description read. "Also, users can enjoy smooth, Full HD 1080p content through the HDMI port to an HD display without any latency. Connect it to a home theater system to enjoy true 7.1 Surround sound playback alongside the Full HD content for the ultimate viewing experience."

As for other features, the new netbook will sport an 11.6-inch LED-backlit WXGA screen (1366 x 768), HDD capacities of 320 GB, 500 GB or 750 GB, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity @ 2.4 GHz, optional Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, a 0.3MP camera, and a 6-cell 56Wh Li-ion battery promising up to 7 hours. Ports include one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, one Ethernet, one HDMI output, an SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC card reader, VGA and more.

While the product page is up for viewing, actual availability in 2012 and pricing is unknown, so stay tuned.

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    esrever , December 28, 2011 8:09 AM
    GO AMD :D 
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    de5_Roy , December 28, 2011 8:18 AM
    netbooks with amd apus will pwn atom...
    how about ultrabooks with amd apus...
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 28, 2011 8:34 AM
    Sorry, Asus, 1366x768 is a no-go. Not supported properly by most software. 1280x720 would be fine, but this crap - no. Besides, design is too common and plain, I like Asus VX6 design a lot, do that instead.
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    danwat1234 , December 28, 2011 9:15 AM
    de5_roynetbooks with amd apus will pwn atom...how about ultrabooks with amd apus...

    The CPU in current AMD APUs are not nearly as powerful as upcoming Ivy Bridge ULV chips. The GPU on the other hand is a different story (AMD is probably better in that regard but I'm not sure about these low end APUs vs IvyB).
    Perhaps when AMD's trinity and Piledriver comes along, it'll be better.
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    alidan , December 28, 2011 9:41 AM
    danwat1234The CPU in current AMD APUs are not nearly as powerful as upcoming Ivy Bridge ULV chips. The GPU on the other hand is a different story (AMD is probably better in that regard but I'm not sure about these low end APUs vs IvyB).Perhaps when AMD's trinity and Piledriver comes along, it'll be better.


    think of the use of the netbook though. You're not doing anything CPU intensive on it, however, if you given the opportunity to play a game on it, you could.

    AMD APU's were demoed with final fantasy 14, say what you want about the game, the graphics on their a step above most casual games, and it was able play it at a very smooth frame rate.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 28, 2011 10:27 AM
    Quote:
    think of the use of the netbook though. You're not doing anything CPU intensive on it, however, if you given the opportunity to play a game on it, you could.

    AMD APU's were demoed with final fantasy 14, say what you want about the game, the graphics on their a step above most casual games, and it was able play it at a very smooth frame rate.


    CPU intensive? I'd like to have everything working REALLY fast, because netbook is all about mobile productivity... I don't want to waste time like I do now on my netbook, where I have to wait for 1-2 minutes before Ubuntu boots. So the faster the CPU the better...
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    de5_Roy , December 28, 2011 10:36 AM
    Quote:
    CPU intensive? I'd like to have everything working REALLY fast, because netbook is all about mobile productivity... I don't want to waste time like I do now on my netbook, where I have to wait for 1-2 minutes before Ubuntu boots. So the faster the CPU the better...

    if you got the money, an ultrabook-type laptop will fix all of that. vendors won't introduce that kind of speed and responsiveness to an entry level machine.
    however, you might be able to find some llano or bobcat laptops with an ssd.. probably will take care of ubuntu's booting time. :) 
    edit: afaik ubuntu and amd don't always go well together, in terms of drivers and patches... that's both ubuntu (or any linux) and amd's fault.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , December 28, 2011 11:00 AM
    Finally netbooks worth buying.
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    marclee37 , December 28, 2011 12:13 PM
    the amd e-450 is not new. it was released in aug-2011. i saw various netbooks equipped with e-450 for months. now comes this asus model makes me curious on this e-450. this e-450 really faster than the "upcoming" n2800 by 47%? http://www.blogeee.net/2011/08/amd-e-450-intel-n2800-premieres-mesures-de-performances/ i don't understand the language on that page. but be fair, the e-450 consumes at least 2 times more energy than atom does
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    teddymines , December 28, 2011 12:17 PM
    I'd much rather have one of these over a tablet. Has an awful lot of ports for better connectivity, a physical keyboard, and familiar form factor. SSD would be the next logical step as these evolve.
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    salgado18 , December 28, 2011 12:41 PM
    Nice, but nothing new.

    Really would love to see one of these with an A8-3500M (4 cores @ 1.5/2.4GHz, Radeon 6620G, 35W), I think I'd buy one even if I don't really need it. :) 
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    zodiacfml , December 28, 2011 1:43 PM
    +1. cumbersome but more practical than a tablet.

    teddyminesI'd much rather have one of these over a tablet. Has an awful lot of ports for better connectivity, a physical keyboard, and familiar form factor. SSD would be the next logical step as these evolve.

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    billybobser , December 28, 2011 3:00 PM
    it's about time someone invented something less annoying than the current touch pad.

    I'd even prefer a trackball over these things.
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    FoShizzleDizzle , December 28, 2011 3:02 PM
    I was gonna read this article, then I saw the featured article with 4 AMD blondes linked below it.
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    EDVINASM , December 28, 2011 5:49 PM
    marclee37the amd e-450 is not new. it was released in aug-2011. i saw various netbooks equipped with e-450 for months. now comes this asus model makes me curious on this e-450. this e-450 really faster than the "upcoming" n2800 by 47%? http://www.blogeee.net/2011/08/amd [...] formances/ i don't understand the language on that page. but be fair, the e-450 consumes at least 2 times more energy than atom does


    Good point:
    Old news in terms of hardware! Come on ASUS.. Lenovo E325? Rings any bells? AMD 450 APU, priced around €330, were selling in November already..? Had Lenovo S205 AMD 350, AMD 450 is essentially the same performance wise. That means both su%$ at games and most of other tasks. Miles ahead of Atom but other than that complete crawlers.. When will Intel with NVidia finally step up? And hey, give us decent SSD options instead of HDDs in netbooks. Enough of bottlenecks as is.
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    Vladislaus , December 28, 2011 6:12 PM
    edvinasmGood point:o ld news in terms of hardware! Come on ASUS.. Lenovo E325? Rings any bells? AMD 450 APU, priced around €330, were selling in November already..? Had Lenovo S205 AMD 350, AMD 450 is essentially the same performance wise. That means both su%$ at games and most of other tasks. Miles ahead of Atom but other than that complete crawlers.. When will Intel with NVidia finally step up? And hey, give us decent SSD options instead of HDDs in netbooks. Enough of bottlenecks as is.

    You can also get a 1215B with a E-450 for quite some time. What the article is mentioning is that ASUS is going to introduce another EEE PC, the 1225B, with a E-450.
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    Vladislaus , December 28, 2011 6:21 PM
    de5_roynetbooks with amd apus will pwn atom...how about ultrabooks with amd apus...

    In terms of CPU power Intel still has the upper hand with the D2700. Where Intel lags behind considerably is in the GPU department.

    The best solutions is like the one ASUS reached with the VX6S. A Intel Atom D2700 paired with a AMD Radeon HD 6470M. Of course this solution puts this netbook among the most expensive.
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    kinggraves , December 28, 2011 7:39 PM
    Set your progs to hardware processing, E-350 works just fine. Dropped in a SATA3 SSD, full SATA3 speeds without any trouble. Runs 1080p video without a stutter, browses fine, I don't have any issues with slow down, maybe you're doing something wrong? Netbooks aren't meant to play Skyrim or encode video. The biggest complaint people had with netbooks was the lag that hit when they played 1080p on Youtube and other places. Firefox hardware acceleration and decent graphics processing are a significant boost in what most people do on netbooks. If you have CPU heavy loads, a netbook in general is not for you. The biggest problem with the Fusion machines was the price which was close to normal laptop pricing. They need to be cheap to fit in with netbooks.

    VladislausIn terms of CPU power Intel still has the upper hand with the D2700. Where Intel lags behind considerably is in the GPU department.The best solutions is like the one ASUS reached with the VX6S. A Intel Atom D2700 paired with a AMD Radeon HD 6470M. Of course this solution puts this netbook among the most expensive.


    The VX6S is a horrible solution. It benches higher than the E350 on some tests, but for the price I could do much better. Desktop atom processor and discrete graphics will both be power drains as well. Complete loss of concept since netbooks are supposed to be cheap and low power. I doubt the Atom N2800 can compete without discrete graphics since it's still at the level of a D525.
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    kamikaze1 , December 28, 2011 11:18 PM
    Seems like a decent computer, I wonder how much it will cost
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    quotas47 , December 29, 2011 1:02 PM
    I have an Asus Eepc 1215B I picked up at my local retailer brand new for 300 sticker price. I love the little thing to death. Some of you will critique this, but I put 8GB of DDR3 1600 in it, and I'm going to put a little 128gb SSD in it as well, replacing the 320gb mechanical drive.

    It already runs better than I expect out of a "netbook," and I regularly hook it up to my television to watch movies, and plug in peripherals to play games.

    I don't want Asus to stop rolling these out. They're very portable, have excellent battery life, but are still comfortable to type on. The 12" screen is just fine, and the VGA and HDMI out to other displays anyway.

    I'll take continued hardware progression, but other than that, the utility of my little netbook is unequaled.
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