The word is out. As we reported yesterday, Asus announced a 9-inch version of the EeePC; at that time not much information was available. The company has now released some additional details.
Just to recap, it is reported that the 9-inch model will have storage options of either an 8GB or 12GB SSD (solid state drive) and 1GB of memory as standard. Other specs are about the same but it would be surprising if the processor wasn’t upgraded.
The 9-inch display features a resolution of 1024 x 600 which Engadget claims is the same pixel density as the 7-inch model. That resolution is just enough to be useful. It was quite limited on the 7-inch model at only 800 x 480.
There’s also the rumor that you will be able to choose between either the customized Linux or Windows XP operating system when it begins shipping. The 12GB model may cost $600; if the exchange rate is any indication. Hopefully it won’t but it’s not outside that possibility.
With a choice of Windows XP or Linux, there may be a price difference depending on which operating system you choose to order it with. It’s been shown that the 7″ model is capable of running Vista; but not very well. It would have probably hurt sales of the 9″ model if it was a choice of Vista or Linux, most people buying it would probably opt for Linux.
EeePC with XP or Linux is a good decision. As long as there’s no price difference, XP is the more useful choice.