ASUS Eee PC 900 series gets official

Subject: Mobile | April 16, 2008 - 09:09 AM |
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It has been no secret that ASUS was releasing a new version of the Eee PC with a 9" screen (or nearly 9") and other changes.  Well today ASUS made the announcement official even though the product won't be available in the channel for a bit longer. 

It offers up a 12GB and 20GB storage option, both Windows XP and Linux operating systems and even more impressively adds multi-touch to the touchpad.  Much like Apple's MacBook Air has done, ASUS gives the example of using two fingers to zoom in on a photo; I haven't seen this in action yet but I am eager to try it out. 

Complete press release and specs listed below!

Asustek Eee PC 900

Taipei, Taiwan, April 15, 2008
Amid the buzz of reaching a new milestone of 1 million Eee PCs sold in
just 5 months after its launch, ASUS has provided yet another round of
excitement with its release of the new Eee PC 900. This new generation
of the ever popular PC packs in a whole range of hardware that includes
a 8.9 inch widescreen, a 1.3M pixels webcam, the new innovative
FingerGlide and 12GB and 20GB storage capacities for Windows and Linux
platforms respectively – catering to wider consumer needs while still
maintaining the "Easy to learn, work and play" concept by keeping the
overall weight under 1kg.

Mobility is one of the major factors attributed to the Eee PC’s
success; and this is in part due to the use of the built-in Solid State
Disk (SSD) technology – which offers a quiet, energy saving and shock
proof design for stable computing on-the-go. Traditional hard disks
spin at 5400 RPM (Revolutions per Minute) – making them more prone to
data loss or damage if shocks or bumps are received. Conversely, the
Eee PC is able to protect against such incidents, and is the perfect
tool for outdoor computing – suitable as an ideal companion for
reporters, wildlife photographers and other like-minded outdoor
enthusiasts.

"Vital feedback from a wide variety of users have
been received, which has spurred us on to create more options to cater
to different user requirements." said Jerry Shen, CEO of ASUS.

Take a New Look with the 8.9 inch Display

Through extensive R&D, the inclusion of the 8.9"
display screen does not affect the overall weight of the Eee PC 900,
which remains below 1kg – making it easy for children and women to
carry it around; and maintains the ultra portable theme that has become
synonymous with the Eee PC. With this large screen size of 8.9", a
resolution of 1024 x 600 is achieved – allowing users to view a single
A4 page without the need to scroll left or right and making it much
easier and more effective when reading or working on documents.

FingerGlide and Other User-Friendly Features

The
new Eee PC will also incorporate an innovative FingerGlide feature that
makes operating the Eee PC easy and convenient. For example, with just
two simple finger movements on the touchpad, users will be able to zoom
in and out of pictures (great for looking at image details), or scroll
up and down for easier document viewing – making the Eee PC 900 more
convenient to use.

"Due to its lightweight stature, most users will place the Eee PC on
their laps or hold them in their hands during use. With the addition of
the FingerGlide feature, users will find it even more convenient to use
the Eee PC." commented Jerry Shen.

Furthermore, the Eee PC 900 pairs a 1.3M Pixel webcam with its
wireless Internet connection capabilities for web conferences anywhere,
anytime for easier web communications and increased work efficiency.

Providing Suitable Environments for Different Needs

To suit differing user requirements, the Eee PC 900 comes in both Microsoft Windows and Linux versions.

The Microsoft Windows version allows more experienced users to
seamlessly utilize the Eee PC through the familiar Windows interface,
and incorporates Windows Live features like Windows Live Messenger for
instant messaging; and Windows Live Mailfor consolidated email accounts on the user´s desktop. Complementing
this is Microsoft Works, which equips the user with numerous office
applications to work efficiently.

The Linux version is useful for users who desire an icon-driven and
easy point-and-click interface. Well suited for children or users
without any computer experience, it provides a fast boot-up time– ideal
for fast Internet access while waiting for public transport, or taking
notes on-the-go.

Specifications

Display

8.9" Display, 1024 x 600 resolution

Color

Pearl White, Black

CPU

Intel® Mobile CPU

Processor

Intel Mobile Chipset

Memory

DDR II 1GB

Display Card

Intel UMA

Storage

12GB (4GB built-in + 8GB flash) SSD (Microsoft Windows OS Version)

20GB (4GB built-in +16GB flash) SSD (Linux OS Version)

Audio

HD audio / built-in speakers

Wireless

Built-in 802.11b/g

Camera

1.3M Pixel webcam

Storage Cards

SD / MMC (SDHC)

Input / Output

3xUSB / VGA-out (D-Sub, 15pin) / earphone jack / mic / RJ45 10/100 Mbps

Power

Output: 12V, 36W;

Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal

Tracking Control

Utilizes FingerGlide

Operating System

Windows XP Home / Linux

Dimensions

22.5cm(W) x 17.0cm(D) x 2cm~3.38cm(H)

Weight

0.99 kg

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