Asus will update its EeeBook line of affordable, portable notebooks this summer with the launch of the Asus EeeBook E202.

It’s an 11.6 inch laptop with a fanless design, a 6 watt Intel Pentium N3700 quad-core processor based on Intel’s “Braswell” architecture, and a design that measures about 0.84 inches thick and weighs about 2.65 pounds.

The new laptop will likely replace the Asus EeeBook X205TA, which is a $200 laptop with an Intel Atom Z3735F processor and surprisingly decent performance for a machine in that price range.

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The folks at Mobile Geeks spotted the new Asus laptop on the show floor at Computex in Taiwan this week. The specs for a demo unit paint a picture of a new portable notebook with some nice upgrades, including:

  • A USB-C
  • 1 full-sized USB 3.0 port and 1 full-sized USB 2.0 port
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 500GB hard drive

It’s likely that Asus will also offer models with smaller amounts of solid state storage. And I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an entry-level version of this laptop available with 2GB of RAM. But it’s nice to at least have the option of a 4GB model.

It’s interesting that the laptop has both a USB-C port and a separate charging port. That means you can charge the device and still have three USB ports free. But it’d be nice to be able to charge via USB the way you can with the latest MacBook and Chromebook Pixel models.

Other features include a micro HDMI port, a VGA webcam and micro SD card reader.

The screen doesn’t appear to have changed: the new EeeBook has a 1366 x 768 pixel TN LCD display with limited viewing angles, just like last year’s model. But if it’s priced at around $200 like last year’s model, that’s probably forgivable.

The laptop should ship with Windows 10, which means it’ll launch in late July or early August at the soonest.

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10 replies on “Asus EeeBook E202: Budget notebook with USB Type C, Intel Braswell”

  1. Will this come with a standard height keyboard? I hate narrow keyboards on some Asus machines. am I supposed to buy the Acer instead? 🙁

  2. Not using USB C for power is a huge mistake. That proprietary power adapter and connector are an abortion. FFS what was wrong with the barrel adapter at least those are repairable if damaged. Good luck even trying to buy a replacement power adapter from the crippled ASUS webstore. (US only)

    1. “Not using USB C for power “… First lern how to read with understanding, then and only then start writing comments.

      1. It’s spelled learn** And you sir should learn how to spell before you start writing comments trying to dis people.

  3. USB C charging isn’t common enough yet that there’s as huge a benefit compared to standard USB charging. Some Asus devices like the T100 charge via micro USB, which is useful now as loads of devices use that standard.

    Another huge advantage with micro USB is there is no adapter “brick” at all, so it’s more portable, and you can just use a commonly available cheap charge. Is this the case for USB C for a device that has higher power requirements? My understanding is that the apple USB c laptop still needed a power brick, so you don’t have the benefits of avoiding that. It’s also costly, so it’s no advantage over any other proprietary charge there either.

    1. >Another huge advantage with micro USB is there is no adapter “brick” at all, so it’s more portable, and you can just use a commonly available cheap charge. Is this the case for USB C for a device that has higher power requirements?

      High-power microUSB devices need adapters to charge too. Like my DV11P. I have accidentally tried to boot it when plugged in to my phone’s charger and it gave me a boot message saying the power supply is too low.

      Inversely, I’m sure low power USB-C devices can be charged directly by another device sans adapter.

  4. It is ridiculous Apple charges hundreds more for macbook with USB type c and this $200 laptop has one!
    Well I bought a macbook pro with retina display yesterday,hope it lasts me 4 years

  5. Very interesting. Some of the upgrades look great (chip, 4GB, option for 500 GB .. which opens up SSD upgrades for HD). Totally agree it would be nice to charge via USB C (takes out one of the complaints of the prior model … proprietary charger).

    1. I still laugh when people complain about the proprietary charger. All laptops have proprietary chargers. At least the non-convertible ones.

      1. This is a special a$$ho** case of proprietary. You can get a universal or aftermarket replacement adapter for almost all laptops. This one however has a custom connector that has a very poor mechanical design. The only reason you laugh is because you have no clue about consumer products or component design (you are a fool).

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