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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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RE: Price will be key
By fleshconsumed on 11/14/2007 12:02:06 PM , Rating: 2
I agree on price being the key. I'd get it in a heartbeat if the new model was fanless, allowed running WinXP, and cost $299. However, that's very unlikely to happen. $499 seems logical considering current pricing scheme, however, at this price you can easily get full dell laptop on one of their sales. It will be bigger and heavier, but it will also have real hard drive, expandable memory and bigger/better screen. At $499 I see zero reason buying one of these for myself. I'd rather wait in Black Friday line and get $400 sony laptop instead.

RE: Price will be key
By spluurfg on 11/14/2007 12:12:47 PM , Rating: 2
Price is of course a huge driver, but I'd really love to see a version with bluetooth. If it has average or above average battery, then this could be the ideal work device for road warriors when synched to a blackberry/smartphone.

RE: Price will be key
By PrinceGaz on 11/14/2007 6:00:48 PM , Rating: 2
Since you can install XP on the current 4GB model in place of the version of Linux it comes with, I see no reason why should not be able to do the same with the 8GB model.

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