Asus has just launched a new low cost netbook model in Japan. Don’t expect any fancy new features. In fact, you can expect the opposite from the Asus Eee PC 1000HT. It looks almost exactly like the Asus Eee PC 1000H which was released well over a year ago, except that the Eee PC 1000HT lacks 802.11n and Bluetooth support.
On the other hand, Asus says the Eee PC 1000HT should get up to 6.4 hours of battery life, which is a little more than the 4-5 hours I can squeeze out of my ancient (in netbook terms) Eee PC 1000H.
Here’s a basic rundown of the Eee PC 1000HT’s specs:
- CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
- Display: 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels
- Memory: 1GB
- Storage: 160GB HDD
- OS: Windows XP Home
- Connectivity: Ethernet, 802.11b/g WiFi
- I/O: Mic, Headphone, SDHC card slot, VGA, 3 USB 2.0
- Battery: 6 cell, 6.4 hours (max)
- Dimensions: 10.5″ x 7.5″ x 1.5″
- Weight: 3.2 pounds
The Eee PC 1000HT is expected to launch this weekend in Japan for 37,800 yen. That’s about $421 US, but netbooks tend to run more in Japan than the US. Netbooked estimates that when you take regional differences into account, it’s kind of like finding a new $300 netbook in the US.
On the down side, you’ll have to put up with the old school Asus Eee PC keyboard which features a tiny right shift key placed to the right of the up arrow.