I’d take this with a grain of salt for now, but a person who claims to work in the PC industry has posted an image of an Asus roadmap for existing nad upcoming Eee PC models. In a nutshell, three new products will reportedly be launched in the fourth quarter of 2009, right around the time Windows 7 is released on October 22nd:
Asus Eee PC 1201N
This model will reportedly have a 12 inch display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU and NVIDIA ION graphics. It will also have a 250GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM, a 6 cell battery, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth and run about $499. The computer will reportedly run Windows 7 Home Premium.
Asus Eee PC 1005HA-P (updated)
This netbook would replace the existing Eee PC 1005HA-P series. In most respects, it’s the same computer, but th enew model would have a higher capacity hard drive and ship with Windows 7 Starter Edition. It would have a 10.2 inch screen, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU, 250G hard drive, 1G of RAM, and a 6 cell, 10.5 hour battery. It also comes with Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n WiFi and will reportedly sell for about $399.
Asus Eee PC 1005HA-M (updated)
The model would overlap with the current Eee PC 1005HA-V, which may not be phased out for a while. The 1005HA-M would have most of th esame specs, including a 6 cell, 8.5 hour battery, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, and 1GB of RAM. But the 1005HA-M would also have a 250GB hard drive and ship with Windows 7 Starter. The netbook would also have 802.11b/g/n WiFi, but there’s no mention of Bluetooth. It will reportedly cost about $349.
You can read more about these products and see a higher resolution photo in the EeeUser Forum.
It’s interesting to note that while the new models will reportedly run Windows 7, none will ship with a next generation Intel Atom processor. Intel has claimed that its Pine Trail chips will be ready before the end of the year, but the same source suggests that the first netbook from Asus that may use an Intel Atom N450 chip would be the Eee PC T101P which won’t be available until early 2010. The Eee PC T101P will be the first 10 inch touchscreen netbook from Asus. Think of it like the Eee PC T91’s big brother, which will have a larger keyboard and hopefully a more powerful processor.
The same source also reports that the Eee PC T101P, which is a touchscreen device