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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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Eee + Windows: Screen, Storage Issues
By abakshi on 10/15/2007 3:53:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'd imagine the screen would be a major issue while running something like Win 2K/XP, if you look at it from a mini-laptop point of view.

It's tiny (7") and low-res (800x480). I realize this is what some UMPCs use, but it's a problem because many programs' dialog boxes are too large vertically, and without the ability to scroll up and down, it's hard to see the full windows.

I know this because I have a Sony C1VN PictureBook (Crusoe 600 MHz, 9" ultrawidescreen - 1024x480, ATI Mobility M1 8MB) with a 100GB 5400 rpm drive, running XP Pro. It actually runs pretty decently (even plays full DivX movies on battery power), but I can't imagine what I'd do on the machine with only 4 or 8 gb of space...




By shabby on 10/15/2007 6:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
Win2k would easily fit into 4gb of ram with plenty to spare, or xplite. I've seen some xp lite builds that are 400megs installed.

The 7" screen is definetly a downside, i hope you could setup a virtual screen at higher res and then just move the mouse over if the dialog box doesnt fit.


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