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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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Some links I've been following
By bernZ on 10/15/2007 1:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
I've been lurking on DT for the longest time, but I just HAD to sign up an account when I see you guys do an article on the E.

$199 USD pricing of the EEE will be a 2gb SSD/256mb RAM/no webcam model which is only available in bulk. The initial shipments of the EEE are likely to be the 'decked out' $359(ish) model which, last I checked (before asus pulled a fast one and put up the 8G version) was the 4GB/512MB/webcam version. They should be arriving in North America in the start of November.

NDAs should be lifted soon.

RE: Some links I've been following
By bernZ on 10/15/2007 1:28:16 PM , Rating: 2

The Eee PC features a 7" display (800x480), 10/100 NIC, 56k modem, WiFi, 512MB of memory and solid-state memory for storage (4GB, 8GB or 16GB). To keep prices low, the device runs a Linux-based operating system.

no 56k model still, and no wifi on base model. 256mb ram for the base model, and definitely no 16gb ssd option available. From the reviews from and the Russian website, there's just a piece of plastic covering the 56k port, suggesting that either

a) there will be a 56k module coming soon, but not now, or

b) they are reusing a chassis from another model and won't actually have a 56k module(like someone said, perhaps the Sony TX series)

RE: Some links I've been following
By fleshconsumed on 10/15/2007 3:51:35 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the better info, I was wondering about "starts at $199" part. I don't care about webcam or 56K, but I do need WiFi, and if the lowest model that has wifi starts at $359, then I'm going to pass because at that price you could buy a budget laptop on sale for just a little more.

RE: Some links I've been following
By bernZ on 10/15/2007 5:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
I believe the model with wifi is actually a step up from the base 2g model. It definitely will NOT be $359 for the most basic+wifi model - try something like 299.

From NCIX (Canada site, but they also have a US site) - the cheapest model they have stocked there is actually 259 and that's with wifi.

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