Asus preps 10.1'' neo-netbook with Temash inside

Netbooks are dead. Long live netbooks!

Okay, so I don't know if netbooks really are due for a comeback—but according to SweClockers, Asus is cooking up a system that looks an awful lot like an Eee PC. The VivoBook X102BA, as it's called, has a 10.1" touch-screen display, a 3.9W AMD Temash APU, and per netbook tradition, a touchpad that looks no bigger than a business card.

The A4-1200 "Temash" APU under the hood runs at 1GHz and features Radeon HD 8180 integrated graphics, so it should provide some measure of gaming capability. SweClockers says the chip is riding shotgun with 2GB of DDR3L memory, 320GB of mechanical storage (expandable to 500GB), and a 22Wh battery (expandable to 33Wh). Connectivity includes USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, 802.11n, and Bluetooth 4.0. It's not clear if the Ethernet connection is 100Mbps or Gigabit, though.

According to SweClockers, the VivoBook X102BA will hit European stores in September with price tag of 3299 Swedish kronor. That works out to around $500. I'd expect actual U.S. pricing to be a little lower, though, since the Swedish price includes 25% VAT.

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