Just a few days ahead of the CeBIT trade show, Blogeee is reporting that Asus plans to launch three new netbook models which may be on display at the show. For the most part, these appear to be updated versions of the recently launched Asus Eee PC 1005PE and Eee PC 1008P.
Here’s the rundown:
- Asus Eee PC 1015P: This appears to be an updated version of the Eee PC 1005P, but with a matte display and aluminum case. It will reportedly have a 14 hour battery and a slightly tweaked keyboard as well as a wider keyboard
- Asus Eee PC 1018P: This model is thinner, and more closely resembles the Eee PC 1008P. It will reportedly measure just 0.7 inches thick and feature an aluminum case, a redesigned touchpad, a fingerprint reader, and USB 3.0 as well as a 10 hour battery
- Asus Eee PC 1016P: Blogeee reports that this model will be aimed at business consumers, competing with the HP Mini 5102 and Lenovo ThinkPad X100e. It will have a more angular design while still featuring a chiclet keyboard, aluminum case, and 14 hour battery.
I’d take all of this with a grain of salt for now, but Blogeee does have some pictures to back up its claims, and the site has a pretty good track record of getting Asus press shots before they’re officially released.