Windows XP-running Eee PC launches in Japan

TechSpot January 24, 2008

Last week Asus North America confirmed that they would offer channel-wide availability of Windows XP-running Eee PCs by the end of this quarter, but potential Japanese buyers won't have to wait much longer as the tiny notebook will finally go on sale tomorrow in Japan, pre-loaded with Windows XP Home Edition instead of Linux. Called the Eee PC 4G-X, the machine has the same specs as the original 4G model introduced last fall including a Intel Celeron M processor clocked at 900MHz, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of DDR2 memory. But Asus is reportedly tossing in a 4GB SDHC card as well, allowing it to claim the 4G-X comes with 8GB of storage. The tiny notebook goes on sale in Japan on Friday for about $468 - that's a $68 premium for Windows XP plus an extra 4GB of storage, not bad.

Asus to show second generation Eee PC next week?

TechSpot January 2, 2008

Since Asus' Eee PC debuted late last year, the tiny device has seen soaring sales in the U.S. and elsewhere - receiving a great deal of positive press from reviewers along the way. Based on this early success, Asus is reportedly planning to show off what it calls the "next generation" of its Linux-based notebook at the CES in Las Vegas next week. According to reports, Asus will team up with Intel and US wireless carrier Sprint to unveil a new version of its popular Eee PC featuring support for WiMAX and a larger 8.9-inch screen. Of course more features often mean a more expensive price tag, but it's claimed Asus is looking to match the price of the current model with the new one, making up for the slightly higher cost of the screen with higher Eee sales

Asus rolls out the $199 Eee PC

TechSpot Tuesday 5 of June 2007

Asus today at the Computex Show in Taipei has taken the wraps off a tiny sub $200 notebook, part of what Intel is now calling its "World Ahead" market initiative, aimed mostly at developing countries to provide them with access to knowledge and modern forms of education.

The Eee PC 701 is being touted as the world’s cheapest and easiest-to-use laptop. It has been designed with communications in mind with built-in 802.11b/g wireless, 10/100 Ethernet port and a 56k modem. It also sports a 7’’ display, 512MB of DDR2-400 memory, a webcam and can be equipped with a range of SSD drives, including 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB.

To some extent we have Nicholas Negroponte and its non-profit OLPC initiative to thank for this new ultra-low-cost laptop market that is starting to emerge and will sure help not only to provide knowledge to kids in developing countries, but also to give people everywhere looking for a low cost easy to use computer “the chance to access the Internet and share in the 21st century opportunity”. These products don’t necessarily replace higher-end products as they are targeted at a different segment.

The somewhat strange name “Eee”, according to Asus represents easy to learn, easy to play, easy to work. The Eee PC 701 will start selling at $199; a shipping date, however, has not yet been announced for the new device.