ASUS Readying a 12-inch Eee PC?


Image Credit: Liliputing

Image Credit: Liliputing

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.



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


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.


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

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