When I spotted the Eee PC 1215B laptop at the Asus booth this weekend I had no idea that the AMD Zacate-powered machine had a little brother. But the folks at Notebook Italia dug up some info on a related model called the Asus Eee PC 1015B.
The 1015B has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display and a smaller case and keyboard design. But it has the same 1.6GHz dual core AMD 350 processor and AMD Radeon HD graphics, which should offer an overall speed boost over a typical Atom-powered netbook and a much better graphics experience (on par with what you would get from a machine with NVIDIA ION graphics).
There’s no word on pricing or availability yet.
Back in August we heard a rumor that the next Acer Aspire One Ferrari would be coming with AMD Fusion. We haven’t heard anything since then but that could definitely still happen. Now, we’ve got a leak of a new Acer netbook with AMD Fusion – the Acer Aspire One 522, from the person who has constantly leaked new Acer netbooks in the past, Macles.
This 10-inch Aspire One 522, follows on from the AMD Nile based 521, also 10-inch in size and carries over the same chassis but in green, and no doubt there’ll be more colors. Chassis aside, this is a new beast; It’ll have the next generation AMD Fusion platform, in particular, an AMD C-50 ‘Ontario’ APU, which is a 1GHz dual core processor, with a total TDP of 9W. For graphics, it has a Radeon 6250 chip, with DirectX 11 support with UVD3 accelerated video decoding.
That 10-inch display will have a higher resolution 1280 x 720 resolution. This isn’t the first time Acer has pumped out 10-inch netbooks with 1280 x 720 displays but it’s just that they haven’t been available in most countries. This could just as easily be released with a standard 1024 x 600 display. There’s also HDMI output to take advantage of all that media processing power.
Battery life is rated at 6 hours with a 6-cell battery, so perhaps we shouldn’t expect too much improvement in battery life over the current generation AMD Nile platform. There’s also a mono speaker instead of stereo.