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 lifeā€”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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