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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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Depends on the price ...
By psychobriggsy on 11/15/2007 11:53:40 AM , Rating: 2
Anything under £300 ($600 inc. VAT) and you can count me in for a 10" EeePC.

Although I don't know if I'd rather have a more compact 7" EeePC - if I'm going to be faffing about on the train then maybe a pocketable 7" device (I have big pockets) would be idea. As it stands the 7" screen EeePC isn't significantly smaller than a 12" iBook (although significantly lighter) due to the huge bezel around the screen (I'm sure it's like 1/3rd the volume when you work it out heh, just on a per-dimension basis there's not a lot of difference).

It might have to be built around a fast ARM + Imagination Tech GPU design though to get that level of compactness - Intel's really compact CPUs and Chipsets aren't out for a while yet.




RE: Depends on the price ...
By psychobriggsy on 11/15/2007 12:02:25 PM , Rating: 2
I think I basically described the N810 but with a bigger screen there thinking about it ... although I want something more like a Psion 5 in form factor (if I write this in enough places online, someone might think it's a really popular desire and make it).


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