Asus has decided to delay the release of the Eee PC to give it time to add additional software to this Linux-based sub-notebook.
Unfortunately, no details are available on what new applications will be bunded with this low-cost device. Originally, this laptop was going to ship with software to handle a basic set of functions, including web browsing, exchanging email, and even video chatting with the VGA camera that will be built into the higher-end models.
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This product had originally been scheduled to debut in late September, but Asus now says it will probably be released later this month. The goal is to have the Eee PC on the market before the launch of the XO by One Laptop per Child (OLPC), which will happen on November 12.
More About the Asus Eee PC
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).
According to some sources, the $200 version of this product will supposedly offer 2 GB of Flash storage, 256 MB of RAM, and a two-cell battery. However, other sources indicate the the price for the least expensive model has jumped up to $240.
A version with 512 MB of RAM, 6 GB of Flash storage, Wi-Fi, and twice the battery capacity will supposedly sell 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.
To make it more resistant to breakage, the Eee PC won’t have a traditional spinning hard drive. Instead, it will include either a solid-state Flash drive. Not surprisingly, the capacity of this will vary with price.
Those who are interested in this device should be aware of an earlier report which indicated that Asus will primary ship the high-end model to first world countries, while reserving the less expensive ones for the developing world.