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As expected, it looks like Asus will be phasing out all of its Eee PC netbooks with 8.9 inch displays soon. The goal is to focus on laptops with 10 inch screens, which are quickly becoming standard.

Netbooks with larger displays tend to have larger keyboards, which makes them easier to type on. So while there’s no actual difference in screen resolution between netbooks with 9 inch displays and those with 10 inch screens (both tend to have 1024 x 600 pixel displays, give or take a few pixels), the larger models may be easier for some people to use.

Asus expects 95% of its netbook shipments in 2010 to be 10 inch Eee PC models. The other 5% will be netbooks with 7 inch screens. Those smaller netbooks will probably sold through telephone companies.

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