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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 3/28/2008 10:34:45 AM , Rating: 1
Looked good at Xerox, let's do that too
Apple was the first to commercialize it. Commercializing something and making it a mass product is called INNOVATION. Apple innovated GUI first, then MS followed and cloned them, as usual.
Saitek Eclipse
Your attempt at replacing first NOTEBOOK with backlit keyboard with JUST THE KEYBOARD is no more than a lousy trick, easily noticeable. Again, PERSONALLY FOR YOU, who can't understand things quick: I WAS TALKING ABOUT _NOTEBOOK_ WITH BACKLIT KEYBOARD. Notebook, understand? NOT the separate keyboard. Apple was first with such a notebook, they innovated it and no tricks and shuffles can change that.

You can replace notebook with any other product for all you want, I don't care. What is REALLY impotant here is the fact that fanboys can't find first backlit keyboard NOTEBOOK made BEFORE Apple made it :P You are a live proof of that :-)
Apple just listened to potential customers here
Listening to what customers want and implementing it in a creative way is called innovation. News for ya, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to get some education.
This still doesn't change the fact that Apple was first with such a player. Again, no fanatical tricks, name changes and shuffles can change that. You fanboys can't find player which had characteristics similar to iPod Touch (multitouch control plus full-scale/non-pocket-pc style web browsing) and was made before it. But you just have to say something, no matter what the facts are. Keep renaming and shuffling, I don't care. Like I said what is important here is that you can't change the FACT that Apple was FIRST with their innovation.

Your shuffling and dancing around DRM also does not change anything. Apple again was FIRST to pressure studios to drop DRM, and MS again followed them with their pathetic Zune clones. Fanboys can't say anything substantial about the facts, they can only rename them. Whatever.
NOT a precedent I want to see continue

Yeah, sure, you don't wanna see any precedent of cell phone manufacturer selling what people wanna buy, not what cell operators are shoving down their throat. Whatever, this is your own problem, buddy :)

Wintel fanboys have to learn to appreciate facts and stop dancing around and renaming and babbling stupid things about these facts. If Apple was first - be a man, admit it, don't start your stupid dance "Look at my KEYBOARD, it was selling way BEFORE your NOTEBOOK!"

You don't realize that you look like an idiot when you're saying stuff like that?

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