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Eee PC 901  (Source: Engadget)

Eee Box B202  (Source: Hot Hardware)
ASUS breaks out two new Eee models

DailyTech reported last week that a wave of new Eee products would be making their way to Computex this year, and ASUS is now ready to deliver. Both the Eee PC 801 netbook and the Eee Box B202 nettop were unveiled today in Taiwan.

The Eee PC 901 builds upon the recently introduced Eee PC 900 with a completely redesigned exterior. Also new to the Eee PC 901 are a 1.6GHz Atom processor, standard Bluetooth and optional WiMAX (which will be introduced at a later date). Other specifications -- including the 20GB/Linux, 12GB/Windows XP storage configurations and port selection -- remain identical to the previous Eee PC 900.

ASUS says that the switch from the 900MHz Celeron-M to the 1.6GHz Atom will boost battery life to around four to six hours.

According to Engadget, ASUS is expected to make price cuts to the Eee PC 701 and Eee PC 900 product lines to make room for the Eee PC 901 and better compete with new entries like MSI's Wind.

In other Eee PC news, specifications for the 2.2-pound Eee Box B202 have been revealed to the public. The Eee Box will come pre-loaded with either Windows XP Home or Linux like its Eee PC brethren. A 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor handles processing duties while a 945GSE handles chipset duties.

The Eee Box comes reasonably equipped with two USB 2.0 ports, GbE, 802.11n, 3-in-media reader, and a DVI port. Those looking for an optical drive might be disappointed -- you'll have to use one of the USB 2.0 ports to hook up an external DVD burner.

When the Eee Box B202 launches in the U.S. this July, it will be priced at $269 (Linux, 1GB, 80GB HDD), $299 (Linux, 2GB, 160GB), and $299 (Windows XP Home, 1GB, 80GB) respectively.

Updated 6/2/2008
Hexus managed to capture an image of a placard for the upcoming Eee PC 1000H. Although the actual netbook was nowhere to be found, it will feature a 10” display, an Intel Atom processor, Windows XP or Linux, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and an 80GB HDD when equipped with Windows XP. It's likely that a Linux variant would be equipped with a 160GB HDD as with the Eee Box B202.

Other things to note are a battery life of 3.2 to 5 hours and a weight of 3.19 pounds. Further information including pricing and pictures are sure to come when Computex officially kicks off tomorrow.





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