We’ve been hearing about the Asus Eee PC 1201N for months, and now Asus is finally ready to launch the laptop. The Eee PC 1201N features a 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Atom 330 dual core processor, and NVIDIA ION graphics, making the 1201N the first ION-powered laptop from Asus. It will sell for $499, and in fact it’s already available for pre-order for $485 to $499 from several online retailers.
The folks at Laptop Magazine got to spend some hands-on time with the new laptop, and they’ve posted some first impressions and a bunch of photos. The laptop looks a lot like other recent Eee PC branded netbooks including the Asus Eee PC 1101HA, Eee PC 1008HA, and Eee PC 1005HA, which is to say the new laptop is part of the company’s “Seashell” line, although it has a chiclet-style keyboard similar to the one found on the now-discontinued Eee PC 1000HE.
Laptop reports that the Eee PC 1201N is 1.3 inches thick and weighs 3.2 pounds, which makes it a little larger and heavier than other recent Asus netbooks. But it’s actually no heavier than the 10 inch Asus Eee PC 1000HE.
The notebook comes with Windows 7 Home Premium. It has a 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, 3 USB ports, an SDHC card slot a VGA output, and an HDMI port. It features 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth. And it’s also one of the only notebooks on the market with a dual core Atom 330 processor.
The Eee PC 1201N should be available in North America in mid-December.
Head on over to Laptop Magazine for more photos.