Asus Reveals 12.1" Eee PC 1201K With AMD Geode CPU

For a company that was once producing a new Eee PC netbook about every month, Asus has yet to introduce a new one in awhile. Of course, that's a relative term, but even going a few months without hearing of new Eee PC seems odd. Now, Asus has given us yet another machine to look at, the Eee PC 1201K.

What's most unique about this machine isn't the typical Seashell design, but the AMD chip inside. Rather than relying on Intel's familiar Atom family, Asus has chosen the AMD Geode NX 1750 processor with a SiS 741GX/966L chipset. These parts are joined by a 320GB hard drive, a 0.3MP webcam, a built-in card reader, and 1GB of RAM. Another odd choice is the inclusion of Windows XP Home as the operating system, even though Microsoft recently stated that XP would no longer be a netbook OS option after October. Maybe Asus is trying to take advantage while they still can? Other specs include a 12.1" LED backlit WXGA display (1366x768), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a VGA port, two USB 2.0 ports, ethernet, audio in/out, anda 6-cell battery.

No public word has been given on a price or release date yet, but we're eager to find out. It's not often we see a 12.1" netbook, let alone one with an AMD chip, so it'll be a nice diversion from the norm. Colors available will include black and silver.

Asus has since confirmed these specifications on their own website.
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