ASUS made headlines around the globe earlier this week with the
Eee PC 900 at CeBIT. The second generation Eee PC improves upon its
predecessor with a higher resolution screen, larger trackpad, more
storage/memory and hopefully a faster/more power efficient processor.
ASUS-rival ECS is tired of letting the Eee PC hog the
spotlight in the sub-$500 price range and today showed off its 11"
G10IL sub-notebook. Hard specifications for the device (processor,
chipsets, memory, storage capacity/type, etc.) were not revealed, but we do
know that the G10IL will come with three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, VGA
connection, 56k modem and built-in HSDPA 7.2.
Although it wasn't mentioned, 802.11a/g support is a given
and Bluetooth connectivity is likely for the production model. As with the Eee
PC 401/Eee PC 900, no optical drive is included with the ECS G10IL.
It should be interesting to see what processor platform ECS
chooses to power the G10IL. The notebook appears to be pretty feature-packed
for the sub-$500 price point, so one would likely point towards a VIA-based
platform for cost reasons.
However, Intel's new Atom
processor and Centrino Atom platform could give VIA a run for the money in
pricing and power efficiency. Regardless of which processing platform ECS
chooses, we'll keep you informed with the latest details.