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Multi-touch trackpad.
ASUS' Eee PC 900 is gets laid out on the autopsy table.

ASUS turned more than a few heads with its original Eee PC 401. The $399 device came out of nowhere and stole the hearts of many computer enthusiasts (and non-enthusiasts). Over time, ASUS released models that slotted under and above the original 4G model and added more colorful options.

Earlier this month, details began to leak on the Eee PC 900. The Eee PC 900 features an 8.9", 1024x600 display (up from a 7", 800x480 display) along with more SSD storage space (8GB for Windows XP, 12GB for Xandros Linux).

It was later revealed that the slightly larger Eee PC 900 will support HDDs in the future along with Intel's Diamondville-based Intel Atom processor for increased battery life and performance in comparison to the existing Celeron-M. "In the near future, we also are trying to support one-day computing which would provide more than 8 hours. I think in May we might be closer to providing that," said ASUS CEO Jerry Shen.

Other options that will come to the Eee PC lineup in the future include WiMAX and HSDPA.

Today, however, we were all greeted with a wealth of new information (and pictures) on the new Eee PC 900. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website is abuzz with a new entry detailing ASUS' latest and greatest. The FCC entry provides numerous pictures of the Eee PC 900 from the inside and the outside along with the device's user manual.

Perusing through the pictures and manuals, we learn that despite what ASUS' CEO previously mentioned, the power adapter used for the new Eee PC 900 is much larger than the original Eee PC 401. While not a deal-breaker for many people, it's something to take note of for travel purposes.

The internal photos also show that the Eee PC now has Bluetooth. This is a welcome addition for mobile warriors that use Bluetooth mice and don't want to carry around an addition Bluetooth dongle or RF dongle for traditional wireless mice.

Also new to the Eee PC 900 is what it calls "Multi-finger gesture input". This allows users to perform iPhone/iPod touch-esque gestures such as "pinching" to zoom in and out in applications.

If pricing holds firm at the previously reported $500 for the Eee PC 900, this could make quite a popular entry with consumers. Throw in the rumored touch screen and GPS and things could get really interesting.

Now if only ASUS could deliver on the original $199 promise...



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By Pirks on 3/27/2008 12:53:23 PM , Rating: -1
And by the way, speaking of DRM - you Wintel morons should always remember how your stupid monkey Ballmer likes to suck it from the RIAA and MPAA and other dicks like those. They can bend Ballmer in any position and he always gives them all they want. They want more DRM - very well, says Ballmer, here ya go - we gonna stuff Vista with DRM up to the lid. We gonna push DRM everywhere you tell us, dear RIAA, just give us some $$$.

Now compare it with Jobs's attitude who doesn't give a #uck about RIAA and DRM and moronic Winteloballmerish crap like that. When he sees that customers suffer from DRM - he does not ignore it, he openly says to studios - screw ya, get rid of that moronic bullshit, we are not microsloth, we don't dance to your $$$ tune, we are Apple and we care about consumer, so drop your DRM NOW or else...

I want you little mouse pricks to understand that when you start babbling about marketing. I want you to clearly distinguish the attitude that your idol Ballmer has towards you, and attitude that Jobs has for his consumers. Even though quite a few among these Apple consumers have even lesser mouse brains than you Wintel guys (I'm speaking of Apple zealots of course)


"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates














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