While the so-called $100 laptop has yet to actually sell for $100, it looks like Asus is hoping to shipits first $200 Eee PC next year. When Asus first announced plans to create a low cost ultraportable computer back in the beginning of 2007, the company promised to do it for around $200. But the closest the company has come so far is marking down the price on older models like the Eee PC 2G Surf so that you can pick one up for around $250.
Now it looks like Asus is preparing to launch a new netbook that wil actually have a starting price of $200. CEO Jerry Shen also says the company eventually plans to phase out the 7 and 8.9 inch netbook models and replace them with 10 inch versions. But while there’s no information on the specs for the upcoming $200 model, I doubt it’ll have a 10 inch screen.
I also think it might be a mistake to do away with the 8.9 inch version altogether. While I’ve decided that I prefer a 10 inch screen because it’s a bit easier to read and typically means a larger keybaord, I know that some people value size over ease of use. And you can make a netbook a little bit smaller if it has an 8.9 inch display.