Asus announces AMD-based netbook

November 30, 2009 | 11:04

Tags: #congo #eee #eee-pc #netbook #radeon #sub-notebook #subnotebook #ultraportable

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The line between netbook and notebook continues to blur with the announcement of the new Eee PC 1201T from Asus - which features an AMD dual-core processor.

As reported over on Netbooked, the new Eee PC model is more of a sub-notebook than a netbook with a dedicated Radeon HD3200 graphics chipset to power its not exactly tiny 12.1in 1,366 x 768 display.

The form factor isn't the only variation with this model of Eee PC, either: rather than the Intel Atom ultra-low power processor so favoured of netbook manufacturers Asus has opted to stick an AMD 'Congo' MV40 processor in the unit, offering a dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

The rest of the specifications are fairly beefy for a machine released under the Eee PC name, too: 2GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n wireless networking, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 320GB mechanical hard drive in place of the solid-state disk often preferred for netbook use.

All this extra power - and the dual core processor - comes at a price, sadly: with a 12.1in screen the unit is significantly larger than previous models of Eee PC, and tips the scales at a 1.4kg; battery life has also taken a hit, with Asus claiming a maximum of four hours under optimal conditions.

So far no official launch date or price has been revealed, but Asus will have to play a careful game with this one: with the specifications and form factor being so close to a traditional notebook, the price will have to be low enough to convince people to make the sacrifice in processing power over alternative systems.

Is this the sort of system that would interest you, or has Asus lost its way with the Eee PC brand? Would you even class the 1201T as a netbook? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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