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Asus Eee 1215N and 1201PN info surfaces in Italy [Updated with NVIDIA comment]

Asus Eee 1215N and 1201PN info surfaces in Italy [Updated with NVIDIA comment]

I mentioned earlier this morning that rumors were surfacing that the Eee 1201PN netbook would offer next generation Ion without using Optimus tech. More information on the 1201PN and another netbook called the 1215N has surfaced in Italy.

Update: According to NVIDIA, "ASUS decided to use the same motherboard without Optimus to go to market and launch Optimus later with the same design and a dual core CPU" - thanks Laura!

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Asus ION 1201PN netbook may not have NVIDIA Optimus tech

Asus ION 1201PN netbook may not have NVIDIA Optimus tech

When NVIDIA unveiled its Optimus battery saving tech a while back many were really excited by the prospect of more run time from the battery and GPUs for multiple needs inside a computer. When Next Generation Ion came around from NVIDIA many though that the new Ion platform and Optimus tech were mutually exclusive.

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Lenovo C200 all-in-one and IdeaPad S10-3s pack Ion 2 GPU

Lenovo C200 all-in-one and IdeaPad S10-3s pack Ion 2 GPU

Lenovo's all-in-one C200 was among the roll-call of machines using the second-gen NVIDIA Ion GPU, and the company have finally launched it.  Centered around an 18.5-inch 16:9 display - with an optional touchscreen layer - the Lenovo C200 has a choice of Intel Atom processors and a standard DVD burner; Ion graphics are optional.  Meanwhile the C200 has also brought a friend in the shape of the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3s netbook, a slimmer version of the previous S10-3 complete with Ion.

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JooJoo on track to meet March 25th ship date?

JooJoo on track to meet March 25th ship date?

From one shipping tablet to another, and to be fair this second beast is one we had our doubts would ever reach preorder customers.  Fusion Garage's JooJoo site has been quietly updated, ditching the previous "preorder" terminology and instead taking proper orders for the tablet formerly known as the CrunchPad.

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ASUS Eee Box EB1501U and EB1012U with USB 3.0 hit site

ASUS Eee Box EB1501U and EB1012U with USB 3.0 hit site

We'll admit, it took us a short while to figure out the difference between ASUS' new Eee Box EB1501U and Eee Box EB1012U nettops compared to their outwardly-identical predecessors - each uses Intel's dual-core Atom 330 processor paired with NVIDIA Ion graphics - but the key is in the connectivity.  That "U" suffix stands for USB 3.0, with the EB1501U getting two front-mounted USB 3.0 ports and the EB1012U getting three spread across the front and side panels.

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ASUS EeeTop ET2010PNT and ET2010AGT spotted

ASUS EeeTop ET2010PNT and ET2010AGT spotted

ASUS' next-gen all-in-ones have been spotted at CeBIT 2010 this week, lurking at the company's booth.  Two new models were on show, the EeeTop ET2010PNT first tipped back in January, complete with NVIDIA Ion 3 graphics, and the EeeTop ET2010AGT with an AMD Athlon II X2 250u processor and ATI Radeon HD 5470 graphics.

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Acer Aspire One 532G Ion 2 netbook priced at €379

Acer Aspire One 532G Ion 2 netbook priced at €379

Acer may have brought their Aspire One 532G netbook along to MWC 2010 last month, but they were keeping quiet on what the NVIDIA Ion 2 toting netbook would cost.  They've spilt the beans on that at their CeBIT 2010 press conference today, however; the 10-inch netbook will run to €379 ($516) when it arrives on shelves.

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ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 Ion 2 nettop announced

ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 Ion 2 nettop announced

ZOTAC was among the OEMs named in NVIDIA's second-gen Ion launch earlier today, and the company has wasted no time getting a new nettop out in the open.  The ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 pairs Ion with 512MB of its own dedicated DDR3 memory and an Intel Atom D510 1.66GHz dual core processor, all in something compact enough to hang off the back of your LCD display.

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Half-power NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for smaller netbooks explains dreary benchmarking?

Half-power NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for smaller netbooks explains dreary benchmarking?

We've been all over NVIDIA's new next-generation Ion 2 today, but that excitement has now been tempered by a little small-print confusion over exactly what you're getting in your fancy new netbook.  According to a confidential NVIDIA slide posted by PC Watch, the graphics company will actually be pushing two versions of Ion 2: one for 12-inch netbooks and desktops, with 16 CUDA cores, and another for 10-inch netbooks with just 8 CUDA cores.

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NVIDIA Ion 2 benchmarked: moderate improvement

NVIDIA Ion 2 benchmarked: moderate improvement

Curious as to just how potent that new NVIDIA Ion second-generation chipset is?  After the disappointing benchmark results from the Acer Aspire One 532G demonstrated at MWC 2010 last month, NetbookItalia ran the new ASUS Eee PC 1201PN at CeBIT 2010 through 3DMark06to see how that fared.  Happily things seem a little healthier this time around.

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ASUS Eee PC 1201PN Ion 2 Pine View netbook official

ASUS Eee PC 1201PN Ion 2 Pine View netbook official

Packed full of Intel's latest Pine View processors and NVIDIA's second-gen Ion chipset, the ASUS Eee PC 1201PN is the netbook for those who reckon 10-inch machines are just too small.  The 1201PN has a 12.1-inch 1366 x 768 LED-backlit display, Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, along with a 160GB hard-drive (and 500GB of online ASUS web storage) and the HD-capable GPU.

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NVIDIA Ion 2 officially announced: 10x graphics grunt & 10hr battery life

NVIDIA Ion 2 officially announced: 10x graphics grunt & 10hr battery life

NVIDIA have officially launched their next-generation Ion GPU, intended to give netbooks and nettops a graphics boost.  It comes as little surprise, given we saw Acer's Aspire One 532G netbook using the new GPU a few weeks back at MWC 2010, but the company have also announced that ASUS' 12-inch Eee PC 1201P will use the chipset, as well as more than 30 products from other companies including AOpen, AsRock, Asus, Foxconn, J&W, Pegatron, POV, Shuttle and Zotac.

Video demo after the cut

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