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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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Windows is a waste to put on it.
By sc3252 on 10/16/2007 1:46:31 AM , Rating: 2
I keep reading people wanting to put windows 2000 and windows xp. Why? You wont be able to run any of your applications, and right off the bat you will lose almost half its hard drive. Your best bet is to stick with Linux and install Zsnes if you want games. All the applications you will need will already be included, so there is no point of loading windows 2000, unless you like playing quake 3, but you can already run that in Linux, or half life, but you can still already run that in Linux.

If this was some high spec computer with 2GB of ram and a 2Ghz cpu with a actual gpu. Then I can see someone putting windows 2000/xp and have an actual reason. At the current spec's there is no real reason to install windows on it, and would only hurt what you could do with it, and what it was designed for.

RE: Windows is a waste to put on it.
By mindless1 on 10/16/2007 5:23:10 AM , Rating: 2
Win2k with unnecessary services turned off consumes less than 60MB memory and after cleaning up the HDD, less than 512MB HDD space.

However, games tend to hog HDD space too, and it was a crazy start for so many to start thinking "oh let's take a laptop that costs less than a good video card and try to do the most demanding thing done on most PCs these days, make it run hotter and shorten the battery life by throwing a GPU in there, THEN we can complain it's only 640x480".

Kids, this is not your next gaming system, and they should not have tried to make it one, nor should they try to make "everything" capable of gaming. Some people really want devices that can't game, becaues they don't have the power hungry GPU and higher heat levels and extra cost.

I don't know about you but one of the things I enjoy about gaming is playing them on larger LCDs. Game on a 640x480 screen? I'd rather carry a full sized laptop if gaming were that important.

As for leaving it running Linux, sure that is a great idea for many people, but of course some will want Windows compatibility for some things.

It's crazy to think Win2k or XP "needs" 2GB of ram and 2GHz CPU. We could also say "oh but Linux would run a lot better with that too". Even WinXp installs to a 128MB memory footprint before all the 3rd party stuff is installed, and while much of the 3rd party stuff isn't needed, if any is that is a reason why it's running Windows.

I agree that given certain apps there is no point to windows. Nobody should be rushing to change it until they've decided for themselves, but besides raising the total cost by maybe 40% for the windows license, there isn't really all that much of a penalty for running windows barebone instead of trying to put everything and the kitchen 'sink on the system, which you can't really do with Linux either although I conceded for what you could do, you can take up less memory and HDD space, but then again using older versions of windows apps the same could be said. Does one "really" need Office 2K7? Office 97 can take up less than 150MB of HDD space, for example, even less if only the required apps are installed.

RE: Windows is a waste to put on it.
By sc3252 on 10/16/2007 3:30:54 PM , Rating: 2
I wasn't trying to make the point that windows 2000/xp need 2GB of ram or any of that nonsense. I was trying to say that you probably wont get anything out of it by changing it, since any application that you will be using will feel unbearably slow on it.

If office 97 was all you were going to run that still doesnt make much sense to change over just for that alone. I know that was just an example, but I have read people claiming they were going to do all these great things on it, if it had windows. I would like to see someone put photoshop on it and try and edit some photo's, since it would be pretty pointless because of the screen size.

By Oregonian2 on 10/18/2007 2:23:23 PM , Rating: 2
If Office type tools are what you want (and you've already got the license that allows a secondary installation on a laptop)? Are the dual-direction file compatible linux tools that it comes with (?) nice and much speedier?

P.S. - There are windows apps other than Photoshop. Even photo manipulation ones other than photoshop that are much lighter weight.

P.P.S. - OS/2 is "out", no floppy drive to format floppies with (inside joke)!

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