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