Most of you would be aware that Asus released the EeePC, a tiny laptop with a 7″ screen that runs the a custom version of Linux and only costs $400. Currently, there is no competition for it but come next year, Everex will have a competitor named the “Cloudbook” which is more capable in some areas, less capable in others.
LinuxDevices cites an “anonymous source” that gave them a tip on what the specs will be like. The initial model of the Cloudbook will feature a 1.2GHz VIA C7 ultra-low voltage processor and a 30GB hard drive. There will be two models, the only distinction being a 1.2MP webcam.
The EeePC and Cloudbook share similarities in the display and while the EeePC features a 900MHz Celeron processor and the Cloudbook has a 1.2GHz VIA processor, one could call the capabilities similar. Both ship with 512MB of memory as standard and a memory card reader.
Only two USB ports on the Cloudbook with three on the EeePC but Everex decided to offer up a DVI-out port instead of VGA-only on the Asus offering.
A developer version is due to ship slightly before the consumer version and will feature a touch screen, some of them may even crop up on eBay given enough time.
The standard Cloudbook (no word on if that includes with a webcam or without or both) is due to ship on January 15 at the low low price of $400 and gOS.
The EeePC has been proven to be one of the most popular UMPCs on the market, with the next cheapest offering right around the $800 mark, it was destined to be a winner. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Cloudbook will see similar success, the only question that remains is when will the bigger names get in to the market and/or drastically slash prices on existing offerings in order to compete. We don’t know but things are going to get very interesting.