Posted on Thursday, Sep 11 2008 @ 00:24 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Engadget writes ASUS
debuts a new netbook outside of their Eee PC lineup. The ASUS N10 is a 10.2" netbook but at a price point of $849 it's rather expensive.
Here we were hoping that somehow ASUS could pack a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and NVIDIA's GeForce 9300M GS into a netbook for under half a grand, but deep down, we knew it wasn't to be. Instead, this (very) well-spec'd N10 is ringing up at $849 over at J&R's website, but that also buys you a 10.2-inch LCD, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, a fingerprint reader, Windows Vista Business and a built-in webcam.
FUD Zilla highlights the
fact that the ASUS N10 will feature switchable graphics to boost battery life:
A leaked presentation over at the BoyGeniusReport has detailed all the features of the upcoming Atom N270 powered Asus N10 netbook which is the first Atom powered netbook that we know of that comes with a discrete graphics cards, but it has now emerged that the Geforce 9300M GS graphics card can be switched off via a hardware switch to allow the system to use the Intel GMA950 graphics of the chipset.
According to the presentation, this allows for increased battery life, as you get 6.5h using the integrated graphics versus 4.7h using the Geforce 9300M GS card. It seems like Asus will have a couple of different SKUs as well, depending on the market.