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Green ASUS Eee PC  (Source: Mobile 01)

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ASUS' Eee PC 8G due out before year's end

ASUS continues to rack up sales of its popular Eee PC 4G and 4G Surf. The 2-pound sub-notebook starts at $349 and comes equipped with 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 4GB solid-state disk (SSD), a 7" 800x480 display and a 900MHz ULV Celeron processor.

The 4G and 4G Surf are about to be joined by another, more expensive model. The new Eee PC 8G ups the ante with an 8GB SSD and 1GB of DDR2 memory.

Dynamism shows the price of the new 8G model at $499 with availability in mid to late December. ASUS gives the users the choice of Pearl White or Galaxy Black with the 8G.

It will be interesting to see how the market accepts a $499 Eee PC. The $499 price point is still hundreds of dollars less than the cheapest 12" ultra-portable notebooks and UMPCs on the market, but $399 appeared to be the sweet spot for the Eee PC.

In other Eee PC news, Mobile O1 has posted pictures of the upcoming green model. Unlike the Pearl White and Galaxy Black models, the entire notebook casing is not molded in the same color -- instead, only the LCD lid is molded in green while the rest of the body (including the keyboard) is molded in white.

The new green option will be joined by a sky blue and pink options in 2008.



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Screen, Case
By abakshi on 12/2/2007 2:44:37 PM , Rating: 1
If they came out with a larger screen size with better resolution in the same case, I'd go for it.

I'd probably use it to replace my Sony C1 PictureBook, but that has an 8.9" 1024x480 screen and now a 100GB 7200RPM HDD running XP Pro, with what seems to be a larger keyboard than the Eee as well.

Granted the 600 Mhz Celeron M is faster than the 600 MHz Crusoe I have in this, but the Sony has a thinner, much more solid design (it has magnesium case components, versus all ABS plastic in the Eee).

So if Asus can make an Eee with a metal chassis (thus thinner, stronger case), a hard drive, and a bigger screen with more than 480 vertical pixels (which is often very annoying in Windows, with dialog box buttons cut off), for <$500-600, I'd definitely go for one.




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