Manufacturers Asus and OQO yesterday demonstrated new versions of their Eee PC and Model 02 devices with built-in WiMax, suitable for use on Sprint’s "Xohm" network when it launches later this year.
The upcoming Eee PC was one of several WiMAX-capable laptop and sub-notebook devices promised at the joint Sprint/Asus/Intel press event today in Las Vegas, but was the only notebook-style device physically demonstrated.
A starting price of $999 was mentioned for Xohm-enabled laptops, but it was emphasized that this was not the price of the Eee PC. No pricing or availability information was presented for the WiMax model of the Eee PC, other than that it would have an appealing cost.
Additional Eee PC Models
Additionally, Asus revealed plans to market new Eee PC models with 7, 8, and 8.9 inch displays. A Chinese-language blog got hold of one of the 8-inch models, showing it to be physically little different than its 7-inch sibling, including having more or less the same dimensions (see image above).
WiMAX UMPCs as Well
Asus also showed slides of an Asus-built UMPC designated the R50A, featuring built-in WiMax, GPS, and a 5.6 inch screen.
Meanwhile, UMPC manufacturer OQO has demonstrated a fully functional version of its Model 02 device with built-in WiMax suitable for use on Sprint’s "Xohm" network. Powered by an Intel WiMax chipset, the device marks the first time that a UMPC has been integrated with this wireless technology.
WiMax provides long-range, high-speed internet access with faster speeds and lower latency than existing 3G wireless systems. Sprint’s Xohm network, planned for a 2008 rollout, is expected to have real-world speeds of 2-4 megabits download and 1-2 megabits upload speed.