Just days after announcing the new Eee PC 900 with an 8.9 inch screen, Asus officials are talking about plans for a 10-inch model. PC World reports that the company will release a version with a 10-inch screen later this year. There are no plans to put a screen larger than 10 inches on an Eee PC, since anything larger would basically turn the computer into a traditional laptop.
PC World is also confirming the rumor that Asus plans to introduce a version of the Eee PC running Intel’s upcoming Atom processor in June. The atom processor is designed to be more energy efficient than the current Celeron processors used by the Eee PC 701 and 900 series. While it’s pretty clear the 900 series will be getting the Atom treatment, I wonder if Asus will use the new chip in the older 701 2G/4G/8G models. Atom is designed to be a low cost chip, after all.
And rounding up the news from PC World, it took just a few hours Asus to sell out of Eee PC 900 models after the Hong Kong launch. That would probably be more impressive if the article didn’t say “over 1,000” of the laptops sold almost immediately. Because while I know the Hong Kong release was just the first run, I would have expected the company to have more than a thousand units available at launch. Something tells me there will be a few more to go around by the time the Eee PC 900 hits Europe and the US.
In other news, Asus has been dealing with a battery shortage which has affected some Eee PC shipments. Reuters reports that the company expects these issues to be resolved by June.
And finally, web comic xkcd gives us a new idea for something to do with a low cost, tiny computer.