Oh my, how the netbook market has changed. When we were first introduced to the form factor, we got rather anemic specs and tiny keyboards. These days, the lines are certainly blurring between what it means to be a netbook and what it means to be an ultraportable notebook. Further confusing the differentiation is the leaked Asus Eee PC 1201N.
Traditionally, we would say that a netbook has to stay under 10-inches in screen size, but the Eee PC 1201N has a 12.1-inch LED backlit display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. That’s the 16:9 wide aspect ratio that seems to be all the rage with multimedia-minded laptops these days.
The real appeal for this netbook, which has yet to appear on the Asus site but it is live on the site of a Chinese web retailer, is the inclusion of the NVIDIA Ion graphics chipset. That should help with video rendering, photo editing, and maybe even a little bit of gaming.
Rounding out the spec sheet, we find that the Asus Eee PC 1201N gets an Intel Atom N270 (why not the N280?), 250GB SATA hard drive, multicard reader, 1.3 megapixel camera, up to 11 hours of battery, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. The list also makes mention of Windows 7, so that leads us to believe that this won’t be ready until late next month.
The Chinese retailer has the Eee PC 1201N listed at 3504 yuan, which works out to about $513.