Asus has created a landing page for the upcoming Eee PC 1000HE netbook. As I discovered at CES, there are a few things that distinguish this laptop from the original Eee PC 1000H. First, it has the new “chiclet” style keyboard with the shift key on the right side of the keyboard to the left of the up arrow, which should make many touch typists happy. Second, the computer has the new Intel Atom N280 CPU and GN50 GN40 chipset, which should provide better graphics performance and a tiny bit of a speed boost.
Finally, the Asus Eee PC 1000HE has a higher capacity battery. Asus claims that users should be able to get as much as 9.5 hours of battery life from the 6 cell battery. But that’s with the WiFi turned off. I’m guessing that means around 7 or 8 hours under normal usage conditions, but that still ain’t bad. It’s also worth noting that when I saw this netbook at CES, Asus claimed it would have an Intel Atom N270 CPU and get 8.7 hours of battery life. So apparently the N280 provides some power savings even though it runs at speeds of up to 1.66GHz instead of 1.6GHz.
Asus says the netbook has a suggested retail price of $399.99 and that it will be available for pre-order at a number of online retailers for $25 off. Unfortunately when you actually search those retailers (like Amazon, Newegg, Buy.com, or J&R), there don’t appear to be any listings for this netbook. Yet.
You can read more about the Eee PC 1000HE in the Liliputing Product Database.
Update: You can now pre-order the Eee PC 1000HE
from Amazon for $374