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ASUS Eee PC 4G  (Source: DailyTech, Chris Peredun)
ASUS to bring more to the table with the Eee PC 8G

ASUS' new Eee PC 4G is undoubtedly a hit with consumers and reviewers. The device is small, lightweight and performs quite well despite its aging processor and chipset.

The Eee PC 4G, however, hasn't been without its criticisms. Many consumers have pointed to the device's limited 4GB solid-state disk (SSD). That problem can be mostly alleviated, however, with the addition of a high-capacity SD or SDHC card to be used as secondary storage.

The other, more prominent criticism has been the Eee PC's 7" display. While 7" screen is nothing to scoff at, the screen resolution is a mere 800x480. Worst yet, the screen is rather awkwardly flanked by two speakers and a sea of black plastic.

ASUS is on course to right both of those wrongs with a new Eee PC variant due out next year [German translation]. The 8G, which is still in development, will feature 8GB of internal storage as its name suggests. Likewise, the screen will be bumped up to a full 10" in place of the 7" unit currently in use. There is no word on what the screen resolution will be, but 1024x600 is likely a good guess.

According to ASUS spokesman Holger Schmidt, the overall footprint of the 8G model will be the same as the 4G -- this means that the speakers and built-in webcam will likely have to be repositioned.

It's still too early to determine pricing for 10", 8G, but one could reasonably imagine a $499 USD price tag which would keep it in line with the rest of the Eee PC family.

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Linked story in English
By JasonMick on 11/14/2007 11:52:19 AM , Rating: 2
Okay, in bad English, but thank you nonetheless Google translator!

The article also mentions a 2G version will be released with a scant 2GB of memory.

That seems wayyy to low. But I suppose if you stick with just linux and possible make your build a little lower, itd be alright.

I thought one of the main issues was processor underclocking, however. The article makes no mention of the new 2G and 8G models doing anything to rectify this failing.

Still they are neat devices, for such a low price. I have to admit though-- I'd still rather have a Wii and 50 bucks (if you could find one) than and EeePC, but that's just me (or a XBox 360 arcade for Microsoft fans).

RE: Linked story in English
By JasonMick on 11/14/2007 12:07:34 PM , Rating: 2
PS and pics of the new EeePC 10" since they were not included:

Its official designation is EeePC 1001 (the 7" is 701). The speakers are moved to the bottom and the webcam is still firmly in place.

RE: Linked story in English
By Brandon Hill on 11/14/2007 5:00:59 PM , Rating: 2
That looks A LOT larger than the Eee PC...

The keys are larger and spaced further apart as well.

RE: Linked story in English
By Azndude51 on 11/15/2007 12:19:26 AM , Rating: 2
If the 10" is supposed to have the same footprint as the 7" version, the laptop in the pics are definitely not the 10" version. The unit on the left in the first picture is an Eee PC and you can see it is MUCH smaller than the laptop in the middle.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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