Yesterday the first US retailer started taking pre-orders for the Asus Eee PC 1201PN. Today, Asus has added an official product page for the 12 inch laptop with next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics. It’s also starting to show up at additional retail web sites.

There aren’t a lot of surprises on the product page, but there are some pretty pictures if you go for that sort of thing.

The Eee PC 1201PN has a 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, and NVIDIA ION 2 graphics. It runs Windows 7 Home Premium, and features both HDMI and VGA output. The laptop comes with 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive and has a 6 cell, 47Whr battery.

The ION graphics should give the Eee PC 1201PN enough graphics prowess to handle 1080p HD video playback and some 3D video games. But don’t expect this laptop to be a speed demon. The Intel Atom N450 processor is designed to give you long battery life, not super speedy performance, and for tasks that don’t take advantage of the ION graphics, you shouldn’t expect this notebook to be any faster than a typical netbook.

The going price for the Eee PC 1201PN seems to be abut $499.

via Eee

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