ASUS and the new 9" Eee PC
Subject: Mobile | March 4, 2008 - 12:06 AM | Ryan Shrout
We have been big proponents of the ASUS Eee PC since it was first released for sale in October of last year. It is an inexpensive, small and function Linux-based notebook that will run you about $300-400. One of the drawbacks and complaints of the Eee PC was the small 7" screen and it looks like ASUS is set to release a new version of the Eee PC with a 9" screen:
Engadget was able
ASUS's new Eee PC at CeBIT, but ASUS officials would not allow the
publication to boot the machine up -- likely for fear of spilling the beans on
the Eee PC's processor/chipset. However, we do know that the Eee PC 900 will feature
1GB of memory and will be available in storage
capacities up to 12GB (up from 8GB max on the current Eee PC).
As previously reported, the 8.9" display should have a
1024x600 resolution which is a welcome jump from the confining 800x480
on the first-generation Eee PC. The increase in screen real estate made
a minimal impact on the exterior dimensions of the device -- the Eee PC
900 is slightly larger and thicker and features a larger touchpad. The keyboard looks to identical to the previous model.
According to Engadget,
the larger display will have a negligible impact on battery performance with
battery lifetime quoted at 2.5 to 3 hours.