Mysterious 12 inch Asus Eee PC 1201N with NVDIA ION pops up in China

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Asus hasn’t announced any laptops with NVIDIA ION graphics yet, but a Chinese store has posted a product page for an Eee PC 1201N laptop with a 12 inch display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU and NVIDIA ION graphics.

The laptop would also have 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive, which is a pretty good indication that this thing isn’t likely to hit the streets before Windows 7 is launched on October 22nd. Microsoft prohibits netbook makers from installing low cost Windows XP licenses on machines with more than 1GB of RAM or 160GB of storage.

The Eee PC 1201N display is a HD widescreen display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. And the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M chip looks like an ION chip, not ION LE, since the specs mention support for DirectX 10.

The laptop also reportedly has 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet, a VGA port, USB, audio I/O, and a 6 cell, 5200mAh battery that’s capable of up to 11 hours of run time. I’m guessing you won’t get anywhere near that kind of battery life when playing HD video.

If the picture is accurate, it looks like the 12 inch laptop will take its design cues from the Asus Eee PC 1101HA, 1005HA, and other “seashell” series netbooks. But it’s also possible that’ sjust an image of an existing model like the 1101HA.

via Eee