Eee PC with 9-inch touchscreen in the works?
Engadget January 30, 2008
Details of future generation Eee PCs from ASUS have been trickling out even before the first generation shipped. Now that sewing circle of Taiwanese component makers have whispered a few secrets in the direction of DigiTimes. We already heard directly from ASUS at CES that 7-, 8-, and 8.9-inch models are in the works. Now DigiTimes claims a "9-inch" (we'll assume that's just the 8.9-incher rounded up) and new 10-inch version is also on the way. Notably, the 9-inch versions will feature "four-wire resistive" touch-panels. Great, right? Sure, at first blush what's not to like about an Eee with a touchscreen. However, a good chunk of the Eee's appeal is its low cost even though it never quite delivered on that early $200 promise. Adding bigger displays and now, a touch-screen, is just going to drive the price higher until there's no difference between an Eee and a Wal-mart Inspiron. Still, adding touch-panel functionality is expected to add just $15 to the manufacturing cost of the device. We only hope that ASUS can refrain from milking the Eee's success dry... RAZR anyone?
New ASUS Eee PC to be announced at CES 2008
CNET Asia January 3, 2008
If there's one product that had us jumping around like kids on a Wii last year, it was the ASUS Eee PC. With a 7-inch screen, it's unbelievably tiny, at under £250 it's dirt cheap, and (unburdened by Windows) it works beautifully. But even though it really impressed us, some of us felt it needed more and ASUS hasn't disappointed us. This year at CES (the big technology show starting next week in Las Vegas) ASUS is planning to launch the new and improved Eee PC. According to the ASUS Web site and various tech blogs, the new Eee PC will feature WiMax and a larger 9-inch screen.
ASUS Eee PC and 7-inch UMPCs steal the limelight
CNET Asia Thursday 7 of June 2007
Jonney Shih personally goes on stage to demonstrate the ASUS Eee PC. In his hand is the 7-inch Eee PC 701.
At the annual Computex event kicking off in Taiwan, ASUS has introduced an ultramobile device designed to keep the user connected wherever he may be.
Like the Fujitsu LifeBook FMV-U, the ASUS Eee PS runs off an Intel Mobile processor and is fully compatible with Windows and Linux. Named after the ideals of easy to learn, work, play; excellent Internet experience and excellent mobile computing experience, the Eee PC sacrifices raw power to keep its form factor at a handy 225 x 165 x 35mm, while weighing only 890g. The unit is also fully connected, with access to both wired and wireless networks though its modem, Ethernet port, 802.11b/g and Bluetooth radios.
Nice touches include the use of a solid-state harddisk that is resistant to shock and drops. Sitting on the hinge just under the 7-inch display is an integrated Webcam for video conferencing. This convertible mini-notebook can be used in the Easy mode for quick navigation or switching into the more familiar desktop interface.