ASUS Set To Launch New Eee PC 1201K Netbook With AMD Geode Chip

ASUS is getting set to launch its new netbook product, Eee PC 1201K. The new Eee PC 1201K is different from former ASUS netbook products in that it uses an AMD chip from the Geode family instead of the usual Intel chips.

The net book comes with a 1366 by 768 pixel LCD screen and a Geode NX 1750 processor from AMD. The Geode is popularly known as the processor used for the OLPC laptop. The NX 1750 processor draws 14 watt of power and is a 1.4GHz part. Moreover,secondary cache has a 256KB capacity and it comes with a 133MHz FSB (front side bus)

Eee PC 1201 only has a 1GB memory capacity and surprisingly uses a SiS chipset. SiS chipset are recently rarely used for notebooks, because they are not exactly known for terrific or outstanding battery performance. In terms of connectivity notebook also has wireless connectivity with a 802.11n grade Wi-Fi and a 2.1 version Bluetooth.

In a major drawback  the note book will lacks an optical drive, but will have a default platter-based hard drive capacity of 160GB with 320 and 250GB hard drive options also available. The soon to be released notebook may not be impressive based on its power capacity as it uses a six cell battery but will have just two hours of battery life. This is based on ASUS specifications and this may just prove to be the Achilles heel of the new product. Recent notebook models are now offering about 4 hours of battery life with a six cell battery. Two hours may not be too welcoming.

The notebook is expected to weigh 1.46kg, which is actually impressive for a 12 inch chassis. Another noticeable feature is that there is no HDMI output, which is now a common feature of many recent notebook models. It is still not clear if the ASUS NX 1750 will even have enough capacity to power a 720p video. The product specification released by ASUS claims the product will have a high screen resolution but fails to mention anything on video playback.

Laptop users may wonder why ASUS has switched to using AMD made chips on its new product. The reason is however believed to be closely linked to pricing issues. AMD chips cost relatively lesser than Intel chips. ASUS has however not yet announced a price for the new NX 1201K.

Sytem Specifications of the Eee PC 1201K Netbook are as follows:

Operating System Genuine Microsoft Windows® XP Home Display 12.1″ LED Backlight WXGA Screen (1366×768) with Color-Shine (Glare-type) CPU & Chipset AMD® Geode™ NX 1750 / SiS741GX, SiS966L Memory DDR1 SO-DIMM 1GB Wireless Data Network WLAN 802.11b/g/n*

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