Lots of good news on the Ion netbook front- I've been waiting to buy a netbook until a VDPAU capable Nvidia GPU was available- AFAIK there aren't any AMD CPU based VDPAU capable netbooks on the horizon (Intel monopoly and all
The specs appear to be the Dream Netbook I've been waiting for- dual core, VDPAU, 720p or higher ~12" screen, 1080p video playback capable (play via VGA or *HDMI* out to a panel or projector- i.e. ultimate mobile media PC
), and >2GB RAM capable.
Note the *HDMI* out !
Specs list spotted for ASUS' ION powered Eee PC 1201Nhttp://www.tweaktown.com/news/13301/..._eee_pc_1201n/
" a 12.1-inch screen, dual-core Atom 333 CPU (a nice adjustment over the previously rumored Atom 270), 3GB of RAM, 320GB HDD, HDMI out, multitouch trackpad, six-cell battery and of course Windows 7. There's three color choices for the unit; black, blue, or red. "
ASUS's Ion-based Eee PC 1201N, non-Ion 1201HA turn up in yet another leakhttp://www.engadget.com/2009/10/13/a...up-in-yet-ano/
"...this one will pack a 12.1-inch screen and Ion chipset as expected, plus an dual-core Atom 330 processor, which is certainly more welcome than the Atom 270 that was previously rumored. Otherwise, you can apparently expect 3GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, HDMI out, a multitouch trackpad, and a six-cell battery, among other standard fare (including Windows 7, of course). If that's all a bit much for you, it looks like ASUS will also have a non-Ion version of the netbook in the form of the Eee PC 1201HA, which dials the specs back across the board, including an Intel Atom Z520 and the usual integrated GMA 500 graphics in place of Ion. Still no firm word on a release for either of 'em, but all signs point to them being available on or shortly after the big Windows 7 launch date."http://www.netbookreviews.net/asus/eee-pc-1201n/
"The specification have been confirmed as having a 12.1-inch 1366 x 768 display, running an Intel Atom N330 dual core CPU, GeForce 9400M (ION Graphics), 3GB of DDR2 RAM, 320GB hard drive. It also have 802.11n WiFi, webcam, and a high capacity 6-cell 5200mAh battery, which should last for upto 8 hours"
"The Asus 1201N is also the first Eee PC to feature Ion graphics, and Windows 7 Home Premium."
"It is expected to launch in the U.S shortly, with a price of $499."
"Updated: Correct spections have been added. Such as the Dual Core Atom and increased RAM and HDD space."
Display: 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels
CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 dual core
Graphics & chipset: NVIDIA ION (GeForce 9400M)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Memory: 3GB DDR2
Storage: 320GB HDD + 500GB web-based storage
Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n WiFI, Bluetooth, Ethernet
I/O: HDMI, VGA, 3 USB 2.0 ports, SD card slot, mic, headphones
Touchpad: Supports multitouch gestures
Battery: 6 cells, 8 hours
Colors: Black, blue, or red
Dimensions: 11.7″ x 8.2″ x 1.3″
Weight: 3.1 pounds