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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 darkpaw on 11/14/2007 4:12:27 PM , Rating: 1
It's not much of a value when compared to used though. Can get a 3 year old ulta portable in the $500 range that would run circle around one of these.

I think they'll really need to drop the 4G to near $199 and introduce the 8G at $399 to be competitive.

RE: Price will be key
By Oscarine on 11/14/2007 8:26:05 PM , Rating: 2
You can maybe, alot of the buying public, and the vast majority of businesses will not buy used equipment.

Apples and oranges comparison. Try the comparison again and only use new equipment. You aren't going to find anything in that form factor with x86 computing capability.

RE: Price will be key
By darkpaw on 11/14/2007 11:08:39 PM , Rating: 1
Most businesses are not going to buy these either. Businesses will almost always buy something they know will be reliable like a Thinkpad. The hardware cost is nothing compared to support and feature sets.

Many of the same people that would buy this would be served just as well with used hardware.

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