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Monday, March 10, 2008

Asus and Microsoft unveil Eee upgrade

Slashdot It! The next iteration of Asus's highly successful budget subnotebook, the Eee PC, has been unveiled at the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover, Germany. The Eee 900 will feature a larger screen than its predecessor, as well as more RAM, more storage and a larger keyboard. However, these enhancements will mean a slight reduction in battery life and a substantial increase in the cost of the device, relative to the first version of the Eee. The 900 will also come with pre-installed Windows XP as an option. The screen size of the new Eee will be 8.9 inches rather than seven inches, and its resolution will be 1,024 x 600 pixels rather than 800 x 480 pixels. Its RAM will be increased from 512MB to 1GB, and its solid-state storage from the current 4GB maximum to between 8GB and 12GB. To accommodate the larger screen size, the speakers have been moved from their current position straddling the screen to the underside of the unit. The resolution of the onboard webcam is being increased from 300 pixels to 1.3 megapixels. Optional Bluetooth or WiMax modules are also being made available by Asus, although it is not clear when or how these will find their way to market. Presenting the Eee 900 on Tuesday, Asus chief executive Jerry Shen said the enhancements were the result of user feedback, and would help Asus "raise the number of customers who are more satisfied with our product". Via ZD Net Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare Get paid $7.50 for reviewing my post Ad Space

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