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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: Worth the wait
By DeepBlue1975 on 11/14/2007 1:16:01 PM , Rating: 2
The only problem is that I doubt it'll release at the 499 they're saying.

If the price ends up being 600 or less, then this will still be a very good buy among its competitors.
If it goes past 700, the difference in price between this and the new fujitsu lifebook starts to be less important than the difference in feature set.

The lifebook has only 5" screen but better CPU and much better storage.
Besides, the smaller footprint makes it even pocketable, something the EEE PC is not.

So, as many posters said, price will be the key. The actual price for the 7" is a no brainer if you don't need extra power. But go double the actual price and you will certainly start comparing it to much better powered (even if they're more expensive) devices.

If the 8gb version indeed ends up at more than 600, it'd better turn into a 16gb version and have a faster CPU, as 8gb does not make much difference from 4gb, as you can install a full XP in both 4gb and 8gb, and the resort to storage cards. 8gb won't save you from using cards if you want to be travelling with lots of music and videos.

On the other hand, more expensive UMPCs usually have around 40gb of storage (slower storage, of course, but much more of it anyway) so the 8gb version better not go out for much more than those 499 if it wants to be as much of a success as the 7" version will keep on being.

If I were ASUS, instead of a 10" version I'd shrink the whole device to make it tightly fit the 7" one. It means tinier keyboard and things like that, but even much better portability than this one has.

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