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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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USB? Printer Support?
By iFX on 10/15/2007 9:47:30 AM , Rating: 2
I would replace my current notebook with one as these as long as I was able to hook up my USB printer and sync my smart phone with it via Bluetooth or USB.

RE: USB? Printer Support?
By nayy on 10/15/2007 10:26:14 AM , Rating: 2
I frankly don't think you should consider this as your main o even secondary system, although im pretty sure that it can handle both printing and syncing
Many of the guys here, including my self, are excited because its a dirty cheap system that you can give a bunch of cool uses, I bet it will become one of the most have of the users of this site, but you can be sure we all have a couple other systems to handle our more serious computing needs

RE: USB? Printer Support?
By iFX on 10/15/2007 4:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well I basically have two computing needs at home which are:

A: Web surfing/bill pay/email-smartphone/wordprocessing/finance.

B: Gaming.

I already have these split between my monster gaming rig and my notebook. If I could replace my aging notebook with one of these for letter A functions that would be swell. The notebook I am currently using for letter A is by all measurements LESS powerful (PII400Mhz) than this new UMPC.

RE: USB? Printer Support?
By spluurfg on 10/16/2007 9:57:37 AM , Rating: 2
Agree with you 100%. This would be THE ideal companion to a blackberry/smartphone for travel where all one needs to do is process email more quickly and conveniently as well as handling small work/attachments (especially in the case of blackberries which cannot really open attachments properly).

I would happily pay a premium if it had bluetooth and a longer battery. IE if it had a 5-8 hour battery, weighed 0.5-1lb more, and had bluetooth.

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