The folks at Shanzhaiben have spotted a new Chinese laptop with a 1.8GHz dual core Intel Atom D525 processor and NVIDIA ION 2 graphics. It has 2GB of DDR2 memory, a 320GB hard drive, HDMI output and something else you wont’ find on most Atom-powered notebooks: a DVD burner.

That’s because the laptop has a 14 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and a case that’s more than big enough for an optical disc drive.

While Atom chips were originally designed for low power, low cost mini laptops, there’s really nothing keeping PC builders from putting them in larger computers like this. You should get the same benefits, although the disc drive and larger display will likely drain the battery a bit faster than a 10 inch screen. The low capacity 2400mAh battery probably won’t help matters much either.

But the price is right. The computer will reportedly sell for around $340 in China.

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3 replies on “Chinese laptop packs dual core Atom, next-gen ION for about $340”

  1. this looks like a good deal I might get one if I have to return my Asus 1215n due to the AC Adapter pin issue.

  2. They could have improved the battery life a bit by using an N type
    Atom processor instead of a D type. The D types are aimed at
    nettops (desktops).

    1. Yes, but then they would take a hit on performance and even the D525 holds the ION back a bit.

      A less portable 14″, versus a 12″ like the Asus Eee PC 1215N, system though also means you’re less likely to carry this around everywhere and more likely to have it plugged in most of the time anyway…

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