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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: My thoughts on uses.
By plewis00 on 10/15/2007 11:00:47 AM , Rating: 2
You might slate it but the GMA900 and 950 series are quite powerful for low-end graphics and probably are more powerful than a GeForce 3-era GPU when coupled with a decent CPU (because the Intel graphics offload shader calculations to the CPU). I used to think they were weak until I actually tried running games on them and was pleasantly surprised. Obviously try and load it with the latest and greatest games and it will fall over, but even more recent ones with the settings down it will cope with.

RE: My thoughts on uses.
By Oscarine on 10/15/2007 1:53:08 PM , Rating: 2
With a modern cpu compared to the cpu's in the era of GeForce 3 than yeah, but apples to apples a GeForce 3 Ti500 would outperform a GMA900 or 950 but not a X3100

RE: My thoughts on uses.
By Flunk on 10/15/2007 10:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
No, the Geforce 3 is still better in raw number crunching power although it lackes modern features. The X3100 is complete garbage, the shaders are offloaded to the CPU. Don't argue, I have one. It designed to (barely) run Vista Aero and that is all.

RE: My thoughts on uses.
By therealnickdanger on 10/18/2007 10:56:47 AM , Rating: 2
Check this out, on the last page you can see a X3100 playing UT3:

Granted, it probably only gets as high as 15fps, but the final game combined with a newer driver might get it higher...

I have a mobo with an X3000 on it (althought I primarily use the 7950GT) and it is not THAT bad. Nearly every game is playable with the latest driver and some tweaking.

I ran my X3000 through the paces with my older E6300 and it was able to play Halo, Half-Life 2, UT2K4, and Far Cry over 20fps consistently - sometimes a lot higher. I mean, you're dealing with bare-minimum quality settings, but at 480p, you don't really notice.

This is all beside the point though, this unit comes with a 950-series chip, which is typically worse than the X3000. I'll wait to pass judgement until I see the highest-end offering with XP tested.

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