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Asus rolls out the Eee PC 701

Asus has been in the UMPC business for roughly a year. The company first launched its R2H at last year's Computex and showcased its T83 follow-up earlier this year.

Today, the company has announced a new UMPC aimed squarely at mobile Internet browsing. The Eee PC 701 can run Linux or Windows XP and is aimed at a wide variety of users ranging from children to the elderly.

Asus says that its new Eee PC 701 uses an Intel processor and chipset, but doesn't get into specifics. Given the small form-factor, the likely candidates are the 600MHz A100 processor and 945GU Express chipset which make up Intel's Ultra Mobile PC 2007 platform.

Also included with the device are a 7" display, 10/100 Ethernet port, 56k modem, 802.11b/g wireless, 512MB of DDR2-400 memory and a webcam. Storage duties are handled by 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of solid-state memory.

Asus claims that the Eee PC 701 can operate for up to 4 hours on its 4-cell battery.

According to PC Magazine, the Eee PC 701 will start at just $199. Availability, however, has not yet been announced.

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I assume the display is touch-screen ...
By Chris Peredun on 6/5/2007 10:59:17 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see a mention of that yet. It lacking a touchscreen as a cost-cutting measure wouldn't surprise me - ASUS hasn't delivered on a UMPC worth buying yet. The R2H would have been ideal if it weren't for the lack of L2 cache, and the presence of SSD storage could drive the price of this model up.

By erwos on 6/5/2007 11:09:46 AM , Rating: 2
The Asus press release doesn't mention it, either. I would assume it isn't a touchscreen, at least for now.

RE: I assume the display is touch-screen ...
By Chris Peredun on 6/5/2007 11:28:38 AM , Rating: 3
I stand corrected on the "worth buying" - the R2H-V just came to my notice, and corrects the major problem of the original model by dropping in a ULV Pentium M 723 1GHz.

By Chris Peredun on 6/6/2007 11:56:57 AM , Rating: 3
With the price announcement, I stand corrected again on "worth buying."

Holy crap. If they can put this out at $199, I will buy them in bulk.

By Suomynona on 6/5/2007 11:49:56 AM , Rating: 2
I just hope that the screen has a high enough resolution to read web pages without scrolling. I think that's the biggest downfall of PDAs and UMPCs that are intended for internet use. 1024 pixels wide is a minimum for practical internet use.

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