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Monday, 06 September 2010 09:45

Asus gives EeePC an AMD chip

Written by Nick Farell

Geode gets a look in
Asus has released an Asus Eee PC with an AMD Geode low-power processor. The Eee PC 1201K, has actually made it into stores, selling in Italy for €329.

The 1201K has Windows XP pre-installed and features a 12.1-inch LED-backlit (1366 x 768) display, a chiclet keyboard, and a 1.4 GHz Geode CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB, hard drive, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, a multi-card reader, Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and, and a 6-cell battery.

Apparently that lot will chew through its batteries in just two hours so we can't see the logic of the beast. It is still the cheapest 12.1-inch Asus netbook found in Europe, but it is competing with Atom based machines running Windows 7 for €335.

Still it is nice that Asus is not going entirely Intel's way, at least in Italy.

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+17 #1 muziqaz 2010-09-06 10:59
They are joking, right? Just few months before Ontario hits the market and they are releasing product which is based on stone age architecture. So what next? Some socket A ASUS motherboards?
0 #2 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-06 17:16
Usually, that's how they make a new product stand out from the "older" product. This is done to prove to customers how good Ontario will be compared to their last AMD products, and this all is done to jack up prices, nothing more.
+3 #3 muziqaz 2010-09-06 17:22
You don't need to prove anything with Ontario. In my opinion Ontario is the only thing from next year which I believe is already success story for certain. Even if you put Ontario based Netbook with todays AMD low power notebooks, Ontario will look amazing in power/performance,pow er usage, battery life and size. You don't need geode to show how great Ontario is going to be.
-4 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-07 01:25
muziqaz, pointless rant... bother at least to read my entire comment before posting!
+1 #5 muziqaz 2010-09-07 01:37
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
muziqaz, pointless rant...

Is it? :) By 'older' you mean 5000 years old? if you want to make new stuff look better then compare it to current stuff, not something made from the parts made 5-10 years ago. Jack what prices? Ontario is designed for low power, low cost systems. Jack up the prices and you won't sell anything. ASUS is the only netbook maker offering geode based products. If everyone released something as unattractive as Eee PC 1201K, then yeah, everyone is preparing themselves for some future mediocre parts from AMD. But this time AMD parts will not need any help from artificial price jacking as even todays athlon neos will look like childs toy compared to Ontario based stuff.
Useless products, not useless rant.
0 #6 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-07 06:42
Hence you lost the idea...

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