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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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This is great
By ET on 6/6/2007 7:47:07 AM , Rating: 2
In past years I've used quite a few devices such as Handheld PCs to be able to read and write while commuting. I eventually settled on a Fujitsu P1510D. It's a nice device, but frankly, this ASUS seems like everything that's needed for such an application, and it's less expensive than any of these HPC's/Psion machines, etc., and certainly than any small laptop (which cost more than big ones).

At this price, it sounds like it could be a great fit for a multitude of uses, from bedroom browsing to taking it on trips. I'll certainly be waiting to read reviews of it.




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