Asus’ dual-core ION 2 Eee PC 1215N netbook benched & snapped

May 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

Asus Eee PC 1215NAsus’ upcoming 12-inch flagship netbook, the Eee PC 1215N, is set to include a dual-core Pine Trail processor, next-generation ION as well as Nvidia Optimus technology. We knew that much already, but now NetbookNews has managed to get hold of a pre-production sample and spilled the beans on additional specs, benchmarks as well as a good look at the unit itself.

The Eee PC 1215N tested came with the 1.66GHz dual-core D510 Pine Trail processor that is normally found in nettops. It was initially thought that the netbook would come with the upcoming 1.5GHz N550 dual-core processor that would have had greater power efficiency, but maybe Asus have decided against waiting for the new chip.

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Graphics duties will be taken care of by next-generation ION and the included Optimus technology means that Intel’s GMA 3150 will take care of less-intensive duties. The 1215N will also come with a single USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports (as you can distinctly tell from the pictures from the blue internals). It will come with a 4400mAh battery.

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus has also made some significant changes to the exterior. It now comes with a matte lid and palm rest and a much larger touchpad adorned with faux-chrome trim on the left/right sides. The 1215N also appears to be slightly thinner.

Asus Eee PC 1215N

In terms of benchmarks, the Eee PC 1215N scored 5,806 3DMarks in the 3DMark03 test. This compares to 4,482 for the Eee PC 1201PN and 3,593 for the Samsung N510 that we tested earlier in the year. That makes it a nice c30 percent improvement over the 1201PN (single-core Pine Trail and next-gen ION). The 1215N scored 3.2 in Windows Experience Index (WEI).

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N

Via NetbookNews.


926 Responses to “Asus’ dual-core ION 2 Eee PC 1215N netbook benched & snapped”

  1. Valery said:
    May 18th, 2010 12:49 PM

    “Dual core” in title but 4 cores on the screenshot of the Task Manager.
    How come?

  2. Bob said:
    May 18th, 2010 1:25 PM

    Is 4400mAh good battery ?

  3. Tej said:
    May 18th, 2010 1:52 PM

    @Valery – The D510 CPU is dual-core but benefits from hyper-threading. In case you are not aware, when hyperthreading is involved, for each physical core the OS will share the workload between two virtual processors. Therefore, for the D510 four cores are seen in Task Manager.

    @Bob – Same battery as the previous model I think. The 1201N got around 4 hours of battery life, although this should be a bit better due to Optimus.

  4. Bob said:
    May 18th, 2010 3:07 PM

    Thanks Tej. If that’s the case, then battery life is a stark negative. I would have expected 7.5 hours or more AT LEAST. Its about time battery life goes beyond 7-8 hours on a single charge. Am disappointed with 1215N already. What a dampener !

  5. Forest said:
    May 19th, 2010 3:36 PM

    I agree with Bob; if the battery life is going to be 4 hours then you might as well get a faster computer. The whole point of netbooks for me is that they get a better battery life, and ION is really only an appealing option if it can maintain that target 8 hour battery life.

  6. Scott M said:
    May 27th, 2010 6:02 PM

    Man, if they could squeeze out ~6 hours of battery life this thing would be perfect…

  7. Some said:
    May 28th, 2010 2:40 AM

    Hey guys i cant see the video 🙁 it says its a private video.
    please help me… im really interested in the netbook

  8. wgwsg said:
    May 28th, 2010 3:29 PM

    they removed the video

  9. James said:
    May 29th, 2010 1:23 AM

    When is this going to be released in the uk?

  10. streamer said:
    June 2nd, 2010 12:20 PM

    hi,according experience index ”optimus” tech. doesn’t work during calculating,because 1201n have about 4.7- 5.1 index graphics, it means during calculation process work only intel graphics,how can i be sure this technology will work stable in other tasks?,and when i looking in experience index i see that 1201n much powerful than that.

  11. dmsnsa said:
    June 4th, 2010 4:22 AM

    So when is Asus going to stop teasing us and deliver one of these netbooks to us?

  12. Harry Barracuda said:
    July 8th, 2010 9:47 AM

    STILL waiting for price AND battery life.

  13. Bob said:
    July 10th, 2010 8:30 AM

    Below US$500, to be released in US on AUG 23. Battery Life may not be the best, but no news on that as yet.

  14. Stephen said:
    July 27th, 2010 1:23 AM

    For a longer battery life, want to check out the upcoming Asus 1015N that uses a Intel Atom N550 dual core processor that will give a longer battery life than the Asus 1215N that uses the Intel Atom D525 processor. I believe that the D525 uses 13.5w vs the N550 8.5w.

  15. Corbin said:
    August 5th, 2010 8:08 AM

    Stephen, you are correct about the N550 using less power, but according to the specs on the N550, it is only 800MHz each. The D525 is 1.8GHz each. So essentially, the N550 will be a little less than half as fast as the D525. Now if you don’t need the power of the D525, then I guess it would be adventagious to have the benifit of the lower power consumption of the N550, but I don’t see it performing well trying to play a 1080P HD movie. Or even worse, imagine how long it would take to rip a movie with only 800MHz…

  16. Corbin said:
    August 5th, 2010 8:24 AM

    Correction… the N550 is rated at 1.5GHz… I was given false info. Now that makes it a better deal…

  17. Erik said:
    August 8th, 2010 5:32 AM

    Dang, I was pulling for the 1015n as well until I noticed the 10″ screen.

  18. Нетбук said:
    August 25th, 2010 9:25 AM

    Хороший нетбук! Мне нравится…

  19. Brad said:
    September 10th, 2010 12:21 PM

    The Asus site has the 1215n listed with the Intel n550, but when you click to purchase it gives you a 1215 n with an Intel n525. Guess it’s just a matter of time, but no where online can I find a release date.

  20. KiNA said:
    October 24th, 2010 1:22 PM

    STILL waiting for price AND battery life.

  21. joao felix said:
    November 18th, 2010 6:57 PM

    Again I see mentions to advertised processor speeds of 1,55Gh…

    But really, what’s the true speed? I bought an Eee 1005P that had a processor of 1,66Ghz, but this is FALSE. The true speed is 996Mhz…!

    Whats going on with these netbooks that are advertised with a false speed (called “Marketing” speed)?

    It’s unbelievable.

  22. ladyt said:
    February 23rd, 2011 11:22 PM

    Is there bluetooth on the 1215n that released in the us bc I see on a few site that it said it has bluetooth but on other sites it said it doesn’t have bluetooth?? And what is the difference between 1215n and 1215p does any one know??