And it came to pass. Asus saw the EeePC and it was good; it’s even better with a 9-inch display. Asus has officially named the 9-inch EeePC the EeePC 900 and has released some detailed specs about the low-cost laptop.
The EeePC 900 will be available with either Windows XP or Xandros Linux. Instead of using flash memory, Asus will be using SSD (solid state drives) for storage this time. The Windows XP equipped model will ship with an 8GB drive with the Linux models having either 12GB or 20GB capacities.
The processor used in it is getting an upgrade as well. The first EeePC 900 units to ship will have VIA processors but Asus says it will adopt Intel’s Diamondville processor for units that ship during and after this year’s second quarter.
My advice is to skip with VIA model and wait for the Intel versions to ship. Additionally, a design revision is due with Asus saying there will be “More Colors and Stylish Looks.”
Those models will hit in May or June. The starting price of the new EeePC will be $499 and you can take that to the bank (or rather, out of the bank).
It’s really going to pay to wait for the later models coming in the third quarter as they will also have built-in WiMax and HSDPA. I’d wait.
As for the redesign, if it’s anything like ECS’s UMPC, they’ll have a winner (or a lawsuit) on their hands. Right now, ECS wins on looks alone.
Only time will tell exactly what Asus has to show the world.