Asus Eee PC Price Hike, Limited Launch Next Month

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When Asus first took the wraps off the Eee PC a few months ago, this small, Linux-based laptop drew a great deal of attention for its unusually low price.

Since that time, though, Asus’ estimates of what it will charge for this model have crept up a bit.

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Citing anonymous sources at the company, DigiTimes is reporting that Asus will begin shipping the Eee PC in September in four different configurations priced at $200, $240, $350, and $370. Exactly what these configurations will be is not yet known.

DigiTimes is also reporting Asus will ship only 20,000 units during September to the U.S., Europe, China and Taiwan … and that most of those will be the $350 configuration.

Still, the company reportedly plans to ship 500,000 units before the end of this year, and to increase production of the Eee PC to between 3 million to 5 million units in 2008.

More About the Asus Eee PC

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The Eee PC will have the typical clamshell design for a laptop computer, with a 7-inch display, a full QWERTY keyboard, and a trackpad. It will be 8.9 inches wide, 6.5 inches deep, and 1.4 inches thick (22.5 cm by 165 cm by 35 mm). It will weigh just under 2 pounds (890 g).

It will ship with a Linux-based operating system with a basic set of functions, including web browsing, exchanging email, and even video chatting with a built-in VGA camera.

For a low-cost device, it will ship with an impressive collection of connectivity options: 56K modem, Ethernet, 802.11b/g, three USB ports, VGA port, and an SD card slot

To make it more resistant to breakage, the Eee PC won’t have a traditional spinning hard drive. Instead, it will include either a 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB solid-state Flash drive.

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Jerry Jackson contributed to this article.

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