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In August, we saw a leaked ASUS product road map. Right on cue, ASUS appears to be prepping larger laptops with the guts of a netbook. Liliputing says that two models of the 1201 recently found their way to various web sites. Here’s a rundown of the reported specs […]

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In August, we saw a leaked ASUS product road map. Right on cue, ASUS appears to be prepping larger laptops with the guts of a netbook. Liliputing says that two models of the 1201 recently found their way to various web sites. Here’s a rundown of the reported specs for the devices, both of which are expected to offer a 12.1-inch display with 1366×768 resolution and run Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium out of the box:

Asus Eee PC 1201N

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330, Nvidia ION
  • 3GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Up to 320GB storage
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, VGA out, 3 x USB and card reader

Asus Eee PC 1201HA

  • 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 with Intel GMA 500
  • 2GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Up to  250GB storage
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, Ethernet, VGA out, 3 x USB and card reader

Each also has a webcam, a six-cell battery rated for eight hours, a trackpad with multitouch support, and weighs 3.1 pounds. Without any official news out of ASUS, there’s no pricing available yet. However, the product road map with these models showed a $499 price tag at the time. I wouldn’t expect either of these to be higher than that, but I could see the street price of the 1201HA come in around $450 or so.

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  1. These laptop sized netbooks are jumping the shark. Why would you buy one when you could buy a real laptop for a little more?

    1. A combination of better battery life, less weight, and lower price might be the appeal.

  2. Hmmm, is Asus re-inventing this thing called a Laptop…

  3. I think we should stick a fork in netbooks for now.

  4. Heck yes – why not that 6 pounder that gives 1-2 hours of battery life and costs 2-3 times as much? Do I need to ask? Give me my Asus 1005 any time. Not only is it 50% of the weight, it gives 8 hours use for less than 50% of the price. All the USB ports are powered for hard drives, too.

  5. That seems to be infringing on the term “netbook” and moving back toward “subnotebook”. When their Eee series debuted in early ’07, they were all about subnotebooks. I thought we’d moved passed that. I actually made a website detailing one of my favorite Eee models

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