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Asus rolls out the Eee PC 701

Asus has been in the UMPC business for roughly a year. The company first launched its R2H at last year's Computex and showcased its T83 follow-up earlier this year.

Today, the company has announced a new UMPC aimed squarely at mobile Internet browsing. The Eee PC 701 can run Linux or Windows XP and is aimed at a wide variety of users ranging from children to the elderly.

Asus says that its new Eee PC 701 uses an Intel processor and chipset, but doesn't get into specifics. Given the small form-factor, the likely candidates are the 600MHz A100 processor and 945GU Express chipset which make up Intel's Ultra Mobile PC 2007 platform.

Also included with the device are a 7" display, 10/100 Ethernet port, 56k modem, 802.11b/g wireless, 512MB of DDR2-400 memory and a webcam. Storage duties are handled by 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of solid-state memory.

Asus claims that the Eee PC 701 can operate for up to 4 hours on its 4-cell battery.

According to PC Magazine, the Eee PC 701 will start at just $199. Availability, however, has not yet been announced.

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I assume the display is touch-screen ...
By Chris Peredun on 6/5/2007 10:59:17 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see a mention of that yet. It lacking a touchscreen as a cost-cutting measure wouldn't surprise me - ASUS hasn't delivered on a UMPC worth buying yet. The R2H would have been ideal if it weren't for the lack of L2 cache, and the presence of SSD storage could drive the price of this model up.

By erwos on 6/5/2007 11:09:46 AM , Rating: 2
The Asus press release doesn't mention it, either. I would assume it isn't a touchscreen, at least for now.

RE: I assume the display is touch-screen ...
By Chris Peredun on 6/5/2007 11:28:38 AM , Rating: 3
I stand corrected on the "worth buying" - the R2H-V just came to my notice, and corrects the major problem of the original model by dropping in a ULV Pentium M 723 1GHz.

By Chris Peredun on 6/6/2007 11:56:57 AM , Rating: 3
With the price announcement, I stand corrected again on "worth buying."

Holy crap. If they can put this out at $199, I will buy them in bulk.

By Suomynona on 6/5/2007 11:49:56 AM , Rating: 2
I just hope that the screen has a high enough resolution to read web pages without scrolling. I think that's the biggest downfall of PDAs and UMPCs that are intended for internet use. 1024 pixels wide is a minimum for practical internet use.

By das mod on 6/5/2007 11:33:17 AM , Rating: 2
There's actually 2 models of this thing ... a $199 and $299

By pugster on 6/5/2007 4:04:33 PM , Rating: 2
Does pretty much the same thing as the Foleo for less. That's a nail in the coffin for Palm.

$199... WOW!
By therealnickdanger on 6/5/2007 3:39:23 PM , Rating: 2
I assume that's without XP. $299 for the XP version, I'd wager. OK, so this clearly is a superior product for less than the OLPC...

RE: $199... WOW!
By darkpaw on 6/5/2007 3:43:24 PM , Rating: 2
I'd pay $199 for something that I could carry around, surf the net, and play older games on. I'm guessing since its a clamshell design that it'd be something like the old HP 800c series. I got one a few of those years ago used and they still did a pretty decent job even for a PI-166.

By Fox5 on 6/6/2007 4:47:58 PM , Rating: 2
If asus does release this thing, I doubt the $199 price point will exist. And most likely they won't even release this, but rather will try to sell it to a partner, who will then rebrand it and jack up the price. Asus rarely produces anything under their own name that isn't at a premium price.

By mindless1 on 6/6/2007 8:51:32 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe, or maybe the market-entry $199 price will go down instead, particularly if any competition surfaces around same price-point.

Great for students
By lemmy on 6/6/2007 1:02:57 AM , Rating: 3
I'd love to have had the option of byhing one of these 6 months ago. I had to chose between a laptop for uni and a desktop for games, the laptop won. If I could buy a $200 device that could do basic word processing and internet, I'd have had enough money to build a new desktop and win in both cases, brilliant!

By Trippytiger on 6/5/2007 8:26:28 PM , Rating: 2
This is great! I want one of these desperately now - and if Asus can keep the $199 price at launch, I'll be buying one as soon as they become available. Something like this would be the perfect device to bring with me to school or surf on the couch!

nice price
By Visual on 6/6/2007 6:01:30 AM , Rating: 2
well, if nothing else, at least the price is looking good finally. i'm still not buying one though, i prefer to wait for more features.
i can hardly wait for a similar form-factor pc, but with touchscreen and a tablet-like folding and better battery life. then i'm sold.

all kinds of wireless, card readers, maybe even an optical drive (does ANYONE make micro drives working for the smaller 3.1" disks?), gps, gsm radio, integrated camera etc. are good extras... maybe they'll become standard for such devices in a few more years?
integrated graphic performance should have improved plenty by then too, so i can see myself plugging such a thing to a real monitor and using as desktop too, even for mild gaming.

you know... if that ever happens... pdas, laptops, desktops... SFF, uATX, imac, etc.. they are dead, jim. they are all dead. :p
but it is still just a distant dream.

This is great
By ET on 6/6/2007 7:47:07 AM , Rating: 2
In past years I've used quite a few devices such as Handheld PCs to be able to read and write while commuting. I eventually settled on a Fujitsu P1510D. It's a nice device, but frankly, this ASUS seems like everything that's needed for such an application, and it's less expensive than any of these HPC's/Psion machines, etc., and certainly than any small laptop (which cost more than big ones).

At this price, it sounds like it could be a great fit for a multitude of uses, from bedroom browsing to taking it on trips. I'll certainly be waiting to read reviews of it.

By R3MF on 6/6/2007 12:43:11 PM , Rating: 2
i would like to see a $399 model with a 8.9" screen capable of 1024x600 rather than the standard 7" screen that can do only 800x480.

i would happily buy that!

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