In the past, netbooks were always regarded as a clunky heap of plastic and metal (mostly plastic) that are almost incapable of providing decent performance. ASUS is looking to challenge that notion though with their latest portable PC dubbed as the X102BA which boasts the latest A-Series APU from AMD tucked underneath a classy chassis.
The X102BA may not be as enticing on paper especially if you saw that it only runs on a 1GHz dual-core AMD A4-1200 processor. However, if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find out that the APU is actually equipped with a Radeon 8180 GPU and is capable of resuming from sleep in less than 2 seconds. Moreover, it only has a maximum TDP of 3.9W, allowing the netbook to have a standby time of up to 14 days and 5-6 hours of HD video playback.
Not one to disappoint the picky crowd, ASUS has also outfitted the X102BA with all the bare necessities one would look for in such device. This includes a 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 720p webcam, an SD card slot and a pair of video-out ports (HDMI and VGA). The Taiwanese company also added a decent touchscreen panel to go along with the netbook’s HD (1366×768) display.
The official pricing, as well as the release date, wasn’t discussed during the announcement. However, it’ll be interesting to see if the ASUS X102BA will be as affordable (or at least somewhere close to it) as the X101 which only retailed for under Php10k when it hit the local stores. Do note though that ASUS’ revamped netbook will come preinstalled with Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student Edition so expect it to be a little pricier than its Meego-powered predecessor.