The Taiwanese rumor mill pointed to a February launch date for upcoming AMD-based Eee PCs yesterday. If you're in Germany, though, you don't have to wait until next month. Amazon.de has already started selling the Asus Eee PC 1201T for €399, and it says the system is in stock.
In case you happened to miss the specs in yesterday's story or our CES coverage, the Eee PC 1201T has an Athlon Neo MV-40 processor, Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics, two gigs of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a six-hour battery, and Windows 7. Oh, and of course, Asus outfits the laptop with a 12.1" 1366x768 display, thereby pushing it squarely into consumer ultraportable territory—this is no netbook by any stretch of the term.
What of the price? €399 converts to $560 in greenbacks, but as we're so keen to point out, everything is a little more expensive on the Old Continent. Take the Atom- and Ion-powered Eee PC 1201N, for instance, which sells for €449 at Amazon.de but $490 at Newegg.
Assuming a similar price relationship, the 1201T could cost around $435 in the United States. Such a price would put the newcomer right up against Acer's Aspire 1410, which sells for $450 with a dual-core processor but no decent integrated graphics. (Thanks to Engadget for the link.)