Asus announces two Fusion-powered Eee PCs

— 12:04 PM on March 8, 2011

After its stint in the Aspire One 522 and Pavilion dm1z, Zactario is headed to the Eee PC family! Asus has given the chip a warm welcome, unveiling two new Eee PCs based on it: the 12-inch 1215B and the 10" 1015B.

Having the larger chassis of the two, the Eee PC 1215B gets to play host to the fastest member of the Zactario lineup: the 1.6GHz AMD E-350. It can also be configured with AMD's 9W C-50 and C-30 chips. The Eee PC 1015B, meanwhile, is only available with the latter two. Both systems feature HDMI outputs, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, optional USB 3.0 connectivity, and a claimed 8.5 hours of battery life—not too shabby, although that run time might not apply to the fastest config.

Asus' announcement only includes one image, which appears to show the 12" model. I'm seeing a decent-sized touchpad, a matte palm rest (thank goodness for that), a glossy display bezel, and an overall design very much like that of the Eee PC 1215T. That system was based on AMD's previous-gen Nile platform, which the Zacate and Ontario accelerated processing units supplant.

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