TechRadar is reporting that Asus could swap out that 900MHz Celeron processor in the Eee PC 900 for a shiny new Atom processor before the end of June. Word on the street is that the Atom processor might not be much speedier than the Celeron processors shipping with the current models. But they are designed to be much more energy efficient, which could have a significant impact on battery life. Right now you’ll be lucky to get 2 to 2.5 hours from an Eee PC 4-cell battery.
Typically I wouldn’t expect to see a company like Asus launch a computer in April/May only to offer a processor upgrade just a month or two later. But I get the feeling that Asus will be able to slap the Atom chip into the current Eee PC 900 (and maybe even Eee PC 701) series computers without making major changes that would require a whole new product design.
[via Eee PC News.de]