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Medion Announces Akoya Mini E1312

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Medion has confirmed my suspicions that the Gateway LT3103u/Packard Bell dot m/a wouldn't be the only 11in, AMD-not-Atom-powered not-a-netbook around for long with the launch of the Akoya Mini E1312.

For £339.99, the E1312 offers an 11.6in screen with a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution, is powered by a 1.5GHz AMD Sempron 210U CPU coupled to ATI Xpress 1250 graphics, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. With precious little information available about that processor, it's hard to gauge whether it offers a credible rival to a similarly-clocked Atom chip, but who doesn't like a little risk? It apparently does have "power saving technology" which is reassuring, at least.

Connectivity is decent, with a trio of USB ports, both VGA and HDMI video outputs and an SDHC card reader present. Ethernet, Bluetooth and Draft-N wireless should be enough networking capability for most and if the 6-cell standard battery isn't quite enough there's a 9-cell upgrade option. Medion has made the smart choice on Operating Systems, opting for XP Home; leaving Vista on full-sized notebooks where it belongs.

If all that sounds inviting, the E1312 will be available from 12 July in Aldi stores - as typical for Medion products - so you can grab one then.

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