What's this? A new netbook? In a world where netbooks are all but forgotten? That's right -- Asus, the company largely responsible for launching this sector into the mainstream, is hitting back with a new one. It's the Eee PC 1225B, which ships with Windows 7 Home Premium, AMD
's Brazor platform and an ATI
Radeon HD 6320 / 6290 integrated graphics chip. The HDMI port enables 1080p output, and there's even DirectX 11 support, which isn't exactly easy to find on a netbook.
Other specifications include up to seven hours of battery life, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, DLNA support (for wireless media streaming), an 11.6" display and a Fusion E-450 APU running at 1.65GHz. You could opt for the dual-core C60 1GHz chip, as well. There's a choice of 320/500/750GB HDD, a 0.3MP webcam, a VGA output, two USB 3.0 ports (as well as a single USB 2.0 port), an Ethernet port, audio jacks and a card reader, too.
There's no mention of price yet, but it'll need to be mighty affordable to make any noise in today's Ultrabook-dominated world.