The 12.1-inch dual core, ION 2 (yes, it’s 16-core) and Optimus powered ASUS Eee PC 1215N is about to launch in the US as many US based sites have published their reviews on the 12-incher.
The 1215N is definitely the best performing 12-inch Eee PC netbook out there with improved battery life thanks to Nvidia Optimus on board to conserve battery life when not chewing on graphics or HD content. Notebookreview noted poor speaker quality, an average display, good build quality, a very flexy keyboard with “clicky” keys and performance in between 10-inch netbooks and larger thin and lights. 3D games at native resolution and low details are quite playable. WoW yields 45 FPS and Left 4 Dead 2 gives low 20 FPS. Battery life is an hour ahead of the last generation 1201N – 5.5 hours at 70% brightness.
The ASUS Eee PC 1215N comes with a dual core Atom D525 processor, Nvidia ION 2 graphics, a 12.1″ 1366 x 768 display, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 250GB HDD, Altec Lansing speakers, 0.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3x USB 2.0, 10/100 LAN, SDHC card reader, audio jacks inc. S/PDIF, VGA and HDMI, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Not one mention of when it will go on sale (I don’t see it up at any online stores other than ExcaliberPC) but I wouldn’t be suprised to see an official announcement later today from ASUS. Price we’ve already known – it’ll be available for just under $ . Update – TweakTown says it goes on sale today.