After witnessing countless press releases for single-core netbooks
over the past couple of years, the dual-core revolution is finally here, and it's Asus that's leading the charge. According to Asus
, its newly introduced Eee PC 1015PEM netbook is the first netbook in the U.S. to feature Intel's two-cored Atom N550
processor, though it certainly won't be the last.
Likely serving as a blueprint for all future dual-core netbook releases, the Eee PC 1015PEM ships with a 10.1-inch LED backlit screen, up to 2GB of DDR3 memory, 160GB/250GB/320GB hard drive (Asus also tosses in 500GB of its cloud-based Eee Storage), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 0.3MP webcam, HD audio, three dedicated USB 2.0 ports (USB 3.0 optional), VGA port, headphone/mic inputs, media card reader, and a 6-cell battery.
Regarding that last bit, Asus claims you'll be able to squeeze out up to 13 hours of battery life with its Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) technology, which" adapts and adjusts power settings to give you the CPU performance you need."
Asus says you'll be able to purchase the Eee PC 1015PEM today through online shopping portals like Amazon.com and J&R. As of this writing, neither vendor shows the netbook listed. Color options include black, blue, red, and white.