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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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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)

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