Ion-toting Eee 1201N to hit UK in January

Asus has confirmed its long-rumoured Eee PC 1201N, the first in the company's line of netbooks to use Nvidia's Ion graphics platform.The 1201N will also be one of the first netbooks to include Intel's new dual-core Atom 330, which should boost the processing power of small, cheap subnotebooks.

Asus has confirmed its long-rumoured Eee PC 1201N, the first in the company's line of netbooks to use Nvidia's Ion graphics platform.

The 1201N will also be one of the first netbooks to include Intel's new dual-core Atom 330, which should boost the processing power of small, cheap subnotebooks.

An Asus spokesman told ZDNet UK on Thursday that an official UK announcement regarding the 1201N would be made within the next day or so, while the exact release date, specification and pricing is worked out.

However, the spokesman said, the netbook would definitely launch in "early to mid January". Although the precise UK spec is yet to be finalised, the spokesman said, confirmed features include a 12-inch screen, HDMI output and 2GB of RAM.

Ion is a platform that combines Intel's Atom processor with Nvidia's graphics processor, so as to make it possible to run high-definition graphical content smoothly on low-powered systems.