The Asus EeeBook X205 notebook was a head-turner when it launched in late 2014, thanks to a compact design, decent performance, and a $199 starting price. It was one of the first Windows notebooks in that price range to feature an 11.6 inch display and an Intel Bay Trail processor, but it was soon joined by Acer, HP, and Lenovo laptops with similar features.
Now Asus appears to be updating its entry-level portable notebook family with new models sporting newer Intel Atom Cherry Trail processors.
A new notebook called the Asus EeeBook X206HA is up for pre-order from a Danish store, and it seems to be extraordinarily similar to the X205… except that the new model has:
- An Atom x5-Z8300 processor instead of an Atom Z3735F chip
- 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 port (the X205 had 2 USB 2.0 ports)
- 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 (upgraded from 802.11n and BT 4.0)
Other specs are unchanged, including an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, a micro HDMI port, microSD card slot, and Windows 10 software plus a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.
Meanwhile, the folks at Notebook Italia noticed a new notebook on the Asus website called the VivoBook E200HA. I suspect this is basically the same laptop, but with different branding. Asus could sell the VivoBook in some markets, and the EeeBook in others.
The VivoBook E200H is said to be available with 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of storage, but all models will have just 2GB of RAM.
The notebooks measure about 0.7 inches thick and weigh less than 2.2 pounds with a 38 Wh battery.