The Asus Eee PC 1008HA has already stopped by the FCC, found its way onto the Asus support site, and started showing up for pre-order. Now Asus has made it official: The computer will be available in the UK next week, on May 15th to be exact.
The Eee PC 1008HA will be the thinnest and lightest 10 inch laptop in the Asus Eee PC line. It weighs just 2.4 pounds and measure 10.3″ x 7″ x 1″. The netbook is also the first member of the Eee PC family to have a screen that folds down behind the keyboard, which saves space. It has a 1.66GH Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display.
But there is a downside. The battery is not user replaceable. While Asus claims the battery will run for 6 hours, if it gets damaged and needs replacing you’ll need to send it back to Asus for repair. And there’s no way to carry around a spare battery unless you want to use a universal battery that you can plug in as if you were connecting your netbook to a power outlet.
The Eee PC 1008HA will be priced at about £379 (or $572 US) in the UK. There’s no word on when this mini-laptop will be available in the US yet.