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ASUS Eee PC 900
ASUS' popular Eee PC gets a screen, memory boost

The wait is nearly over for an Eee PC with a larger screen. DailyTech reported in early January that ASUS was hard at work on an 8.9" version of its wildly popular Eee PC sub-notebook. Today, images and details are finally rolling out for the highly-anticipated update.

Engadget was able to fondle 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 display 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.

We will have to wait until tomorrow to get the full specifications for ASUS' Eee PC 900 -- at that time, we'll learn if the new model will use a traditional Mobile Celeron processor as its predecessor or one of Intel's new Atom processors.

ASUS says that the Eee PC 900 12G will launch in mid-2008 with a price tag of €399 ($600 USD).

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Woohoo!.. Doh!
By kileil on 3/3/2008 12:56:11 PM , Rating: 3
Screen: YeeeesssSSSS!

Price: doh!

I've been waiting for this one for awhile, now that I've seen the price I'll be waiting a bit longer...

Don't get me wrong, $600 isn't bad for an ultra-portable but its quite a kick in the groin compared to their base eee's.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By elpresidente2075 on 3/3/2008 1:28:12 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. If they're able to take another $50-$100 off that price tag, I'll be buying one in the Sep-Oct timeframe. If not, I'll probably wait until next year 2Q or so to upgrade my ol' lappy.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 3/3/2008 5:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
Well the best price point on the web that I have come found has been:
Of course they do not have the larger size in stock(8G). I picked one of the 4G up from them, it's pretty cool for it size...the bigger screen will be a plus for sure.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By elpresidente2075 on 3/3/2008 6:56:03 PM , Rating: 2
My comment was speaking of the new generation. Also it was assuming an Oct-Sep timeframe. The current gen is just below (perf, specs, etc) what I was wanting anyway.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 3/3/2008 7:37:11 PM , Rating: 2
I know you are looking for the new generation. But let us be honest.... It probably will not ship till 3-01-9 or later. It will be cool when it does, but they have been slow in coming out. I sure I'll buy one of the new models at that time then sell off my 4G on e-bay.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By elpresidente2075 on 3/5/2008 7:24:27 PM , Rating: 2
As I recall, the original EEE came out on time.

Besides, it's not as if we're dealing with AMD/ATI ;)

(Disclaimer: every computer I've ever owned is an AMD-based system, and of the 5 I have now, 4 have ATI graphics/northbridges)

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By phaxmohdem on 3/3/2008 1:28:51 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I seems as if they are veering away from the original intended audience. IMO They need to do it Apple style, where they refresh the lineup with updated screens and SSD's, discontinue the old models and intro the new upgrades at the same price points as the old models. (a la iPod)

$400 I would be too tempted to resist I think, but a $600 pill is too much for me to swallow.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By daftrok on 3/3/08, Rating: 0
RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By Samus on 3/3/2008 6:05:31 PM , Rating: 2
I don't even know why people are interested in these when you can buy a used ThinkPad X40 for the same price.

And if you need even more power, and have a grand to blow, an X60.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By Souka on 3/3/2008 6:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
or the v300... which has optical drive on-board (x series needs the ultrabase)

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By elpresidente2075 on 3/3/2008 7:01:34 PM , Rating: 4
Because people don't want to buy a 4 year old computer that's nearly twice the size.

Size, price, AND weight all play a crucial role in this product's market position. Unfortunately, when put in the $600 range, this computer loses a lot of competitiveness from what it has in the $200-$400 range.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By Aikouka on 3/3/2008 1:32:01 PM , Rating: 2
Well, that's also $600 for the 12GB model. If there's a 4GB model, who's to say that it won't be significantly less?

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By deeznuts on 3/3/2008 1:42:50 PM , Rating: 2
True, but who's to say there will be a 4GB model? Asus might position this as their premium model, but even a 8GB would be good.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By deeznuts on 3/3/2008 2:36:40 PM , Rating: 2
Doh, just checked Engadget's site and there is a 8GB

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By Aikouka on 3/3/2008 2:51:35 PM , Rating: 2
Well, as you mentioned below that they specifically noted an 8GB model, but this was also in the article:

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).

It leaves room open to interpretation, but I hope ASUS is smart enough to realize that their 4GB model has been fairly popular for its price and overall storage amount.

What I hope they do this round is make the touchpad buttons two separate buttons instead of one bar that has areas defined for each button. I just find it awkward (on my 4G Surf) hitting the same button for LMB and RMB. It's like I'm using a Mac... but not. I also have a problem with the number keys (and the letters to an extent), but others report that they've gotten used to it after awhile.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By Chadder007 on 3/3/2008 1:34:51 PM , Rating: 2
I would have been happy with just a bump in screen resolution for just a tad more over the regular EEE's. :(
$600 is just a tad bit more than I would like to pay the moment.

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By KeypoX on 3/7/2008 10:32:55 PM , Rating: 2
600 is about 300 to much for me... call me cheap but i just gotta a dell with over 6 hours battery life for 430shipped so.... but i guess im not worried about 4 pounds as much as others.

I would buy this if it was about 200-250, i wouldnt want a slow slow laptop and have to pay more than a core 2 duo laptop with a 9 cell battery

RE: Woohoo!.. Doh!
By bupkus on 3/4/2008 12:54:48 AM , Rating: 2
Even if the cpu is an Intel Atom? Uhuh, that's what I thought.

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