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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 murphyslabrat on 10/15/2007 11:32:38 AM , Rating: 2
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7> Retro Arcade gaming. (Not just Pac-Man) There is enough power in this thing to be a pre-nintendo 64 emulator system.


I don't know for sure, but we played n64 games on Project 64, with a 16MB Vanta LT and a 600Mhz Pentium III at about 70% speed. This was with 256MB of PC-133, ?though RAM quantity should not matter.? With the performance optimizations of the Conroe-derived architectures, a 900MHz CPU aught to be comparable to at least a 1.266GHz PIII-S(I have one in an 815e board with 512MB of PC-133 RAM, and intend to try Project64 with Zelda: Majora's Mask/Super Smash Brothers/Starfox 64. I will give an update detailing performance, if anyone is interested)


RE: My thoughts on uses.
By murphyslabrat on 10/16/2007 6:23:06 PM , Rating: 2
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Whoops, it's a Pentium-M based cpu. It would still be better than a Pentium III in general, but FP operations are roughly equal (though slightly better on the Pentium-M's)


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