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The Eee PC will be priced at $199 for bulk customers; retail prices start at $299

Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs) should be nothing new to readers of this site. Over the past year, DailyTech detailed the Samsung Q1 along with Sony's Vaio UX series -- more recently, we've seen new offerings in the form of the Samsung Q1 Ultra and Fujitsu LifeBook U810.

While the UMPC platform has sparked some interest from consumers, the high price of entry -- around $1,000 for entry-level models -- has stalled significant growth of the sector. Asustek hopes to change that with its new Eee PC.

According to Reuters, the Eee PC will be priced from $199 for its bulk customers. Asustek's Eee PC will be available at brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy and online retailers like Newegg within the next few weeks. The UMPC will later make an appearance in Europe.

"If we can sell a couple million [Eee PCs], we'll be confident," remarked Jonathan Tsang, Asustek's president of sales and marketing.

The Eee PC features a 7" display (800x480), 10/100 NIC, 56k modem, WiFi, 256MB to 1GB of DDR2 memory and solid-state memory for storage (2GB to 8GB). To keep prices low, the device runs a Linux-based operating system although it is compatible with Windows XP.

The range-topping Eee PC 8G features 1GB of memory and 8GB of storage space. It also features a 5200 mAh battery good for 3.5 hours of battery life (lesser models are stuck with a 4400 mAh battery good for 2.8 hours). Device weight is a trim 2 pounds.

A Russian review of the Eee PC revealed that the device is powered by an ULV 900MHz Intel Celeron processor which is backed up by an Intel 910GMLE Express chipset.

Updated 10/16/2007
Asus has released official specifications for its Eee PC and this article has been updated to reflect the additional information. According to Gizmodo, the Eee PC will retail from $299 USD.

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RE: Interesting indeed.
By FITCamaro on 10/15/2007 9:13:23 AM , Rating: 2
The question is is it fast enough to say watch movies or TV shows loaded onto it? 800x480 is good enough for standard def rips off DVDs. Of course you're not going to fit a ton of shows on it. But you could say get a few movies or a season of your favorite show on it.

RE: Interesting indeed.
By erwos on 10/15/2007 9:26:20 AM , Rating: 2
Every GPU out there has MPEG2 acceleration. And I was watching DVDs on a Celeron 700mhz way back when _without it_.

RE: Interesting indeed.
By Chris Peredun on 10/15/2007 9:37:52 AM , Rating: 2
MPEG2 is way too large to be used on this device; I think the parent poster is looking more in the realm of downloaded or ripped video in an MPEG4 flavour.

I have a feeling that the CPU in the Eee is the same cacheless Celeron-M 900 that was used in the early ASUS R2H UMPCs, which means that DivX/Xvid performance should be sufficient at near-native resolutions, but it definitely won't be handling any heavy lifting codec-wise.

RE: Interesting indeed.
By FITCamaro on 10/15/2007 1:52:41 PM , Rating: 2
My mom had a 700MHz Celeron laptop. It sucked playing DVDs. Would skip and freeze any time there was a heavy action sequence. Could've been the player but still.

RE: Interesting indeed.
By drew494949 on 10/15/2007 9:39:15 AM , Rating: 2
Good comment... also, Can it play Doom?

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I'd love to turn this into a Portable movie and music player. As long as it has wi-fi built in.

RE: Interesting indeed.
By wrekd on 10/15/2007 10:13:00 AM , Rating: 2
I really really want one of these so I can load Ubuntu.

Remember there is no optical drive so you will need to transfer the movies to it.

It does have plenty of usb slots and an SD slot for added space.

RE: Interesting indeed.
By Gul Westfale on 10/15/2007 10:25:43 AM , Rating: 1
i would love one of these. right now i'm keeping my $1200 laptop at work (we have wireless where i work), but i only use it to watch the occasional simpson's episode or send emails/browse the web while i'm on my lunch break. this little asus thingie could do that as well, and for only 200 bucks i wouldn't worry so much about it being stolen.

however, the text says that the price is $199 for bulk customers
; so there might be a markup for those of us who just buy one or two of these. even at $250 this would still be a great deal though.

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