Asus CEO: Touchscreen Eee PCs coming, will be thicker

So I was skimming through Laptop Magazine’s interview with Asus CEO Jerry Shen, and a few things jumped out at me. First, as we already suspected, Asus will begin selling Eee PC laptops with touchscreens in 2009. But for some reason, Shen says that touchscreens will add thickness to the machine, which is news to me. Last time I checked, you could cram a touchscreen in an existing Eee PC like a 701 without building a thicker case.

Perhaps what Shen meant by that remark is that Asus will be working on thinner Eee PC models like the Eee PC S101 and that it would be difficult to fit touchscreens into those devices, so you won’t see an S101 with a touchscreen anytime soon. But that’s just a guess.

Other interesting tidbits from the interview:

  • The touchscreen devices could come in the form of convertable tablets, or Asus might just slap a touchscreen into an old fashioned clamshell-style notebook.
  • Asus will soon begin releasing Windows XP machines with an “easy mode” interface much like the Xandros easy mode software that comes on Linux Eee PCs.
  • Shen says there are no plans to put Windows Vista on any netbooks, but the company could release Windows 7 models as soona s mid-2009. I’m going to take that with a grain of salt since Microsoft hasn’t confirmed that the operating system will actually be available by then.
  • There will be new Eee-branded products in Q1 and Q2 of 2009. So it sounds like we shouldn’t expect to see any radically new Eee PC models or new consumer electronics devices this year. But given Asus’s track record, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few new Eee PC netbooks pop up with incremental differences from existing models.

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  • ariel helwani

    >Asus will soon begin releasing Windows XP machines with an “easy mode” interface >much like the Xandros easy mode software that comes on Linux Eee PCs.

    This leads credence to what we read from Taiwan where they claim that the Linux versions of netbooks are more for the housewives who just want something simple and XP is for geeks who like to mod and do all the upkeep necessary.

    Remember the old canular about how hard Linux is to use? Seems this can be put to rest (especially since Windows has only one desktop interface and Linux offers dozens as well as hundreds of distros) once and for all.

    I still dont get why toushcscreens would make it thicker.

    I wonder if that Wii lookalike EEE Box is selling well? I think they also have a Wiimote clone out as well…
    Throw in the Splashtop that I have built-in my new Asus motherboard that I just got and I must say that Asus has really impressed me the past year. They could have ridden the 7 and 9 inch EEE's coattails but it has done very well.

  • http://liliputing.com Brad Linder

    Asus has been putting out Windows Mobile PDAs and phones for a while, but
    they don't wear the Eee PC brand name. I think it's pretty clear he was
    talking about Windows 7. Whether his information about the release date is
    correct or not is another question.

  • PrincessNybor

    “Shen says there are no plans to put Windows Vista on any netbooks, but the company could release Windows 7 models as soona s mid-2009.”

    He could be referring to Windows Mobile 7, which is due out early next year. Could Asus be planning an even smaller device, or perhaps a smartphone? Multi-touch support is the main attraction for WM7, so that could be interesting!

  • PrincessNybor

    It just seems odd they would skip Vista, and go straight to Windows 7. I run Vista on my A150, and it runs fine. But I'd have concerns about slapping a brand new OS (possibly with even higher hardware requirements) onto a low powered netbook. Perhaps since Windows 7 is more modular in design, Microsoft is planning a version for specifically for netbooks? How interesting!

  • http://liliputing.com Brad Linder

    Asus has been putting out Windows Mobile PDAs and phones for a while, but
    they don't wear the Eee PC brand name. I think it's pretty clear he was
    talking about Windows 7. Whether his information about the release date is
    correct or not is another question.

  • PrincessNybor

    “Shen says there are no plans to put Windows Vista on any netbooks, but the company could release Windows 7 models as soona s mid-2009.”

    He could be referring to Windows Mobile 7, which is due out early next year. Could Asus be planning an even smaller device, or perhaps a smartphone? Multi-touch support is the main attraction for WM7, so that could be interesting!

  • PrincessNybor

    It just seems odd they would skip Vista, and go straight to Windows 7. I run Vista on my A150, and it runs fine. But I'd have concerns about slapping a brand new OS (possibly with even higher hardware requirements) onto a low powered netbook. Perhaps since Windows 7 is more modular in design, Microsoft is planning a version for specifically for netbooks? How interesting!

  • http://liliputing.com Brad Linder

    Asus has been putting out Windows Mobile PDAs and phones for a while, but
    they don't wear the Eee PC brand name. I think it's pretty clear he was
    talking about Windows 7. Whether his information about the release date is
    correct or not is another question.

  • PrincessNybor

    “Shen says there are no plans to put Windows Vista on any netbooks, but the company could release Windows 7 models as soona s mid-2009.”

    He could be referring to Windows Mobile 7, which is due out early next year. Could Asus be planning an even smaller device, or perhaps a smartphone? Multi-touch support is the main attraction for WM7, so that could be interesting!

  • PrincessNybor

    It just seems odd they would skip Vista, and go straight to Windows 7. I run Vista on my A150, and it runs fine. But I'd have concerns about slapping a brand new OS (possibly with even higher hardware requirements) onto a low powered netbook. Perhaps since Windows 7 is more modular in design, Microsoft is planning a version for specifically for netbooks? How interesting!