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
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
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.
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.