Those of you who got all excited about the 8.9-inch Asus EeePC with its Linux and Windows XP options may want to tone it down a bit. Asus is now talking about a 10-incher with Intel’s Atom processors which ups the ante by a lot.
The original EeePC model 701 had a 7-inch display and a 900MHz Celeron processor that was downclocked to 633MHz. The EeePC 900 fixes those problems and offers a larger display but overshadowing that may be the 10-inch EeePC which will feature Intel’s Atom processor.
Asus faces a problem by offering a 10-inch display, price. Ten inch displays are typically more expensive since that is a specialized size and is not prone to mass manufacturing.
According to PCWorld, Jerry Shen, CEO of Asustek declined to give any specifics on prices or release dates for the 10-inch EeePC but it’s likely to be quite a bit more than the $549 price tag of the 8.9-inch model. Since 12-inch displays are mass manufactured, maybe it should just go with those.
Of course, that would just make it a full-fledged thin and light laptop which isn’t really the point of the EeePC. If I were going to buy an EeePC, I would wait for one with an Atom processor.