One of the big problems with many netbooks that launched last year was that they lacked the graphics muscle to handle the HD content many users prefer. At CES 2009, we first caught wind of the NVIDIA Ion platform for netbooks and other devices. It took a while for the machines to finally come to market, but when they did they came in bunches.
Today there are lots of netbooks from Asus and other manufacturers that are available with the NVIDIA Ion platform. The Ion 2 platform is now ready to replace the original Ion platform and Asus is said to be ready to launch an Eee netbook based on the Ion 2 platform in April.
Details on the machine are scant, but word is it will sport a 12-inch screen. The processor powering the new Eee will be the N450 most likely, but I wouldn’t rule out seeing the faster N470 under the hood either. The price is unknown, but in the same time frame Eee netbooks running the N450 are expected to drop to around $439. You can expect to pay a bit more for the Ion 2 addition.