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Asus Eee Netbook Will Have Desktop-like CPU

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 32 comments

This new Asus netbook will use Intel's dual-core Atom D525 processor and Nvidia Ion 2.

Wednesday Asus officially revealed the Eee PC 1215N multimedia netbook on Facebook, listing components such as the dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor and Nvidia ION discreet graphics. Unfortunately, pricing and availability weren't provided in the announcement.

The Atom D525 processor itself clocks in at 1.8 GHz, has 1 MB of L2 Cache, and draws up to 13W. On the graphics front, the netbook uses the "next generation" ION (2) with Nvidia Optimus technology, allowing the end-user to switch between discreet and integrated graphics when needed.

According to the specs, the Asus Eee PC 1215N will truly be a multimedia-driven netbook. Boasting 1080p video playback on a 1366 x 768 HD screen (and a 16:9 display ratio), the Eee PC 1215N will decode H.264, VC1 and MPEG2 file formats while the HDMI-output port will enable playback on large displays. The netbook will also provide plenty of multimedia storage with 250 GB and 320 GB capacities (and an additional 500 GB of ASUS WebStorage).

In addition to the video capabilities, the Eee PC 1215N offers both USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 for fast data transfers. Web surfers will even see a speed boost thanks to the embedded 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity. Users can also charge external USB devices when the netbook is switched off.

Asus said that the Eee 1215N will come pre-configured with software such as ASUS Vibe and LocaleMe. Access to Boingo global Wi-Fi services will also be offered at a special price. Asus did not provide any information on what OS the device will come with, though.

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    Drag0nR1der , June 30, 2010 8:06 PM
    I'm sorry, there are desktop's with Atom processors in?
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    tsnorquist , June 30, 2010 8:00 PM
    I own the 1201N and I must say it's a fantastic netbook. The only bad mark I can give it is its battery life (around 3.5hours).

    I wiped the hard drive and did a fresh install of Win7 32bit using the supplied key. It runs considerably quicker doing this without the OEM garbage loaded.

    @Jarnts - 1080P is for the HDMI connection on the netbook.
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    Anonymous , June 30, 2010 7:56 PM
    How will it do 1080P on 1366x768?
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    flyinfinni , June 30, 2010 7:57 PM
    nice. Something I might actually look into.
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    tsnorquist , June 30, 2010 8:00 PM
    I own the 1201N and I must say it's a fantastic netbook. The only bad mark I can give it is its battery life (around 3.5hours).

    I wiped the hard drive and did a fresh install of Win7 32bit using the supplied key. It runs considerably quicker doing this without the OEM garbage loaded.

    @Jarnts - 1080P is for the HDMI connection on the netbook.
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    jefe323 , June 30, 2010 8:00 PM
    looks promising, but I really want to see the price...
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    andman22 , June 30, 2010 8:01 PM
    Throw in blue-ray and I'm in!! This could make a nice little HTPC.
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    g00fysmiley , June 30, 2010 8:04 PM
    these companies trying to make highend netbooks doesn't seem to get the point of a netbook, battery life, battery life, battery life. if you wanna make a decent mid range small laptop thats cool but battery life under 5 hours does not a netbook make
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    Drag0nR1der , June 30, 2010 8:06 PM
    I'm sorry, there are desktop's with Atom processors in?
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    cknobman , June 30, 2010 8:10 PM
    13W? Whats the point of this when you can get a CULV that will stomp it into the ground?
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    mdillenbeck , June 30, 2010 8:13 PM
    When I bought the first incarnation of the EEE PC I was drawn in by a few key factors:

    * low cost (so if it gets stolen I won't have to break my bank replacing it)

    * SSD to make it a bit more rugged when running around (making the screen and the actual physical structure the weak points of the system)

    * Small size. I found the original EEE to be about the right size - maybe a hair bigger for bigger keys would have been nice - but they put an undersized screen in it to fit the speakers up front.

    What I didn't like after getting it was mainly the low screen resolution which made it nearly useless for its primary purpose - browsing the web. I thought I could get past it, but I couldn't.

    New netbooks have been a disappointment. They have really turned into inexpensive laptops that can't quite do what an inexpensive laptop can. At this point, if the prices start hitting the $700-$800 mark, I might as well spend the $900 and get myself a "decent" HP tablet pc that lets me take notes the natural way in class as well as use digital art tools.

    As for battery life - well, it I can't do anything on the netbook, being able to do nothing for 10 hours is meaningless to me.
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    proxy711 , June 30, 2010 8:14 PM
    cknobman13W? Whats the point of this when you can get a CULV that will stomp it into the ground?

    Draws up to 13W. Doesn't mean it used 13W at all times.
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    skevil , June 30, 2010 8:18 PM
    jarntsHow will it do 1080P on 1366x768?


    It's called an HDMI out port and a big TV.
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , June 30, 2010 8:28 PM
    If the price of the 1215N is comparable to Dell's/Alienware's M11x then I may choose this instead.
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    hellwig , June 30, 2010 8:36 PM
    So what makes this a "netbook", the use of an Atom processor? I agree with the others, these 12" or 13" Netbooks aren't really netbooks.

    Netbooks were meant to be small, energy-sipping, web browsing and light document editing computers. These new netbooks can play Blu-Ray on a 13" screen and can even handle some modern video games. I'm not even sure why Intel makes Atom processors this powerful. They were worried about desktop cannibalism, yet they make an Atom processor more powerful than their own Celerons?

    I saw a laptop at walmart the other day that had a dual-core Athlon processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB harddrive, 14" screen, Radeon graphics, etc.. etc.. that sold for $485 (it was a Compaq, not an e-machines). Unless ASUS can fit this new Eee PC in under $400, its not even worth it. You can get far more powerful laptops for cheaper prices that are practically even the same size. They might only get 2-3 hours battery life, but if this new Eee PC only get 3-4, is it really worth MORE money?

    I bought a Cloudbook and my wife owns an Acer Aspire1, but those are 8" netbooks. These new 12" and 13" monstrosities are going to kill the netbook segment. People were saying the iPad was a netbook killer, but the manufacturers killed off the true netbook before the iPad even came out.

    It's like slapping gold-trim on a Toyota and calling it a Lexus. These new "netbooks" are just ways for companies to make higher profits off lower-end components.
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    kronos_cornelius , June 30, 2010 8:45 PM
    I have a 1202N and it runs nice. at $500, it does everything I expect it too. I had seen netbook with 7 and10" screens and they look too small in size, but mostly in resolution. The only thing I don't like is that it comes with a HDD instead of an SSD, and I'll have to wait a few months before I upgrade the hard drive because as soon as I do it, it will void the warranty.
    The other thing is software, if more software was already using Nvidia's card (firefox, chrome) the computer would be already fast enough to be considered a laptop. The dual core 1.6Ghz CPU feels fast enough, but I think the algorithm to adjust the clock speed does give some gittering behavior (this review is using Ubuntu Linux).

    So, I think this is a nice evolotion of the netbook, and the people that don't like it can stick with the old models, or get smartphones that are even smaller than netbook (like the Droid X). I think the biggest difference from a laptop to a netbook is that a netbook should never have a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, they are half-way obsolete anyway.
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    kelemvor4 , June 30, 2010 9:00 PM
    jarntsHow will it do 1080P on 1366x768?

    I would guess on an external display via the HDMI out. That's some seriously misleading advertising, though!
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    zambutu , June 30, 2010 11:24 PM
    I got tired of waiting for the perfect 10" net book and bought an iPad
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    christop , July 1, 2010 12:19 AM
    I will guess the price will be about 800 or so.
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    christopherknapp , July 1, 2010 2:12 AM
    The price is going to be $500, it has been discussed in depth for the last 6 months. I have been waiting for this machine for a long time. Can't wait for it's release.
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    christopherknapp , July 1, 2010 2:15 AM
    andman22Throw in blue-ray and I'm in!! This could make a nice little HTPC.


    Where the F are they going to fit a blu-ray? Do you understand the size of a netbook? When was the last time you saw any netbook with an optical drive?
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    WR2 , July 1, 2010 5:21 AM
    The dual core Atom, 1366x768 LCD,ION graphics and larger keyboard could tempt me if the price is as attractive as the specs.
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