Asus president Jerry Shen is confirming the company’s plans to launch new, higher end versions of the popular Eee PC laptop. Just a few days ago Engadget posted a leaked image showing plans for a total of 23 different models, including several listed under new Pro and Ultimate categories. Now Shen is fleshing out the details for the press.
Shen told DigiTimes that the Ultimate and Pro laptops will have higher storage capacities and faster processors than the current generation of Eee PCs. In terms of storage, we’re looking at 32GB solid state disks or 120GB hard drives. The computers will also use Intel’s upcoming dual-core Atom CPU.
Asus will introduce the S series in late September. The computer will have a 10 inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and will run somewhere between $700 and $900, making it the most expensive Eee PC to date. It’s also arguable whether a $900 computer wtih a 10 inch display and a dual core processor is anything other than a distant cousin of the $400 Eee PC, Acer Aspire One, or $500 MSI Wind laptops.
Asus appears to be blurring the line between low cost ultraportables and regular PCs. Sure, 2 years ago you never would have found a PC with a 10 inch display for under $1000. But you could probably have found one for just a few bucks more.