Although the Asus Eee PC is reportedly selling well, some people are holding off buying one because they are waiting for a version with a larger screen. According to Asus, the wait is going to be very long.
All the versions of this low-cost mini laptop that are currently available have a 7-inch screen, but there have been reports that one with a 10-inch display will be on the market in the next few months.
In an attempt to confirm this, Brighthand’s sister site NotebookReview.com spoke with an Asus spokesperson, who said:
I have just spoken to our product manager for the Eee PC and he said so far there has been no plan to introduce the Eee PC with another screen size for the North American market. I don’t think other regions will have them either.
The spokesperson went on to say that sales of the version of this device with a 7-inch screen are so strong that a significant hardware upgrade is unlikely in the near future.
The rumors almost certainly stem for a prototype Eee PC with a 10-inch display that Asus showed off last spring. However, the company currently has no plans to put this model on the market.
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The Eee PC has the typical clamshell design for a laptop computer, with a reduced-size QWERTY keyboard and a trackpad. It is 8.9 inches wide, 6.5 inches deep, and 1.4 inches thick (22.5 cm by 165 cm by 35 mm), and weighs just under 2 pounds (890 g).
The price and features of each version of this product vary quite a bit.
The Asus “Eee PC 2G Surf” comes with 256 MB of RAM and a 2 GB Solid State Disk Drive (SSD), but the built-in web camera has been removed in order to bring the cost down to $300. The Asus “Eee PC 8G” is pre-configured with 1 GB of RAM, an 8 GB SSD, and webcam for $400.
Exactly what connectivity options will be in each model will depend on the price. However, all will include Ethernet, three USB ports, VGA port, and an SD card slot.