Asus EEE PC 1215N – top choice with dual core Atom, Ion and Optimus

These days, Asus has tens of different netbooks on the market. And even in the 12 inch class you get quite a couple of them (your fingers are just barely enough to get them all, but shouldn’t be for long). However, there are two versions emerging from the crowd. One is this one we’re going to talk about in here, the Asus EEE PC 1215N and the other is the stylish Asus EEE PC 1218 we wrote about earlier.

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Update: If you want to see a thorough review of the Asus 1215N , with pictures and videos, see this post on netbooklive.net .

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Now, the Asus 1215N wasn’t officially launched. In fact, it was not even officially launched either, but that should happen pretty soon,probably on may 13th. Rumors about it surfaced a couple of days ago, when people start grumbling about the fact that the much awaited Asus 1201PN had no Optimus. Thus, Asus quickly launched some details about this other model, the 1215N, which has very good chances for the king title in the 12 inch netbooks class.

It is expected to have a new dual core Atom on board, but a new generation one built on the PineTrail platform, one that has yet to be officially launched by Intel either, but should run at 1.5 GHz and should be available from June. This CPU will be paired with the 16 cores new generation Nvidia ION for extensive graphic capabilities (will run 1080p content easily and even some modern games).

Asus EEE PC 1215N - 12 incher with dual-core Atom, ION and Optimus

Asus EEE PC 1215N - 12 incher with dual-core Atom, ION and Optimus

Plus, it will get Optimus, a system specially designed by Nvidia to intelligently and seamlessly change between the two graphic options present on the device (integrated GMA 3150 on the CPU And dedicated Nvidia G218 used by the ION Chip). This translates in more efficient battery usage and in the end, better autonomy.

That’s about all we know for now. The device should be available from July and will probably cost around 550-600 bucks. So stay tuned, we’ll post more info on it in the following days.

Update: Will be available in the US from the second part of August, for a price around $500 (so cheaper than i predicted), but I believe we’ll have it on our test desks sooner. More details to come.

Update2: See the complete review of the Asus 1215N EEE PC via this link .

Photo via EEE-PC.de

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Andrew is a longtime fan of portable laptops. Working as a tech journalist since 2004, he's had the chance to see these become better and better and now he's the Editor-in-Chief here at AllAboutEEEPC.com. The site is mainly focused on Asus netbooks, tablets and mini laptops, but you can always find more about these devices over at netbooklive.com , where Andrew spends most of its time. More on the About page. See all posts by .

5 Responses to “ Asus EEE PC 1215N – top choice with dual core Atom, Ion and Optimus ”

  1. PSP Hacks said:

    May 09, 10 at 10:39 pm

    550 – 600 bucks doesn’t put this 12′ laptop too far off say am Asus 13’3 inc thin and light. Its worth paying the extra 150 bucks to get a decent laptop. Asus should price this around 450 or 400 backs. That would be better suited.

  2. guu said:

    May 17, 10 at 4:05 pm

    any news ?? :) any chance of you guys doing an anticipated review (just like with the ul30jt test unit) ??? i want this one very much, even if it costs 550 $ (450€) – 500€ though…. would be too much for me.

  3. Andrew said:

    May 17, 10 at 4:08 pm

    Guu, can’t promise anything. I’m trying my best to get a test version for it but.. I can never know, it all depends on what Asus decides to send the representatives in my country.

  4. Waisybabu | WINARS.com said:

    Jul 17, 10 at 3:05 pm

    The make-or-break thing for this netbook is going to be its price. It better be under 500$. Otherwise it will just be better to spend an extra hundred dollars and get a much better ultraportable.

  5. Valda Yanni said:

    Jul 04, 11 at 11:49 am

    Intriguing concept. Tough to view, being that the entire video has gone out of focus. Or could it be that I’ve had one too many beers? Valda Yanni