Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Asustek Unveils Eee PC with Larger Screen

Asustek Computer, a leading producer of computer components and notebooks, on Wednesday officially unveiled its Asus Eee PC 900, a long-anticipated version of the company’s affordable sub-notebook with larger screen and larger storage capacity. The new laptop is likely to appeal to larger audience than the previously available models due to higher comfort of use. However, the comfort comes at a price.

The new Asus Eee PC with 8.9” screen that has 1024x600 resolution features the same Intel Celeron M ULV model 353 (900MHz, factory downclocked to 630MHz) and Intel 910 core-logic with built-in graphics core as in the currently available models. But the notebook with larger screen also comes with 12GB (Windows XP version) or 20GB (Linux version) of flash memory for storage, 1GB of DDR2 random access memory and 1.3MP webcam. All Asus Eee PC laptops feature three USB ports, audio jacks, 10/100Mbps Ethernet support, wireless WiFi (802.11b/g) interface as well as a card-reader.

The inclusion of the 8.9” display screen does not affect the overall weight of the Eee PC 900, which remains below 1kg – making it easy for children and women to carry it around; and maintains the ultra portable theme that has become synonymous with the Eee PC.

The new Asus Eee PC 900 also incorporates an innovative FingerGlide feature that makes operating the Eee PC easy and convenient. For example, with just two simple finger movements on the touchpad, users will be able to zoom in and out of pictures or scroll up and down for easier document viewing.

“Due to its lightweight stature, most users will place the Eee PC on their laps or hold them in their hands during use. With the addition of the FingerGlide feature, users will find it even more convenient to use the Eee PC,” said Jerry Shen, chief executive officer of Asustek Computer.

Asus Eee PC 900-series with 12GB solid-state drive will cost €399 ($636) in Europe, but the price for the USA is not clear at the moment.

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