Asus may have unveiled the Eee PC 1008A Shell netbook at CeBIT in March, but according to DigiTimes, the mini-laptop will be making the rounds again at Computex in Taiwan in June. In other words, it doesn’t sound like this netbook will be widely available before June, despite the fact that we’ve already spotted it on the FCC web site in the US.
The Eee PC 1008HA will be the thinnest and lightest 10 inch netbook in the Asus Eee PC lineup. Word on the street is it will run around £359 in the UK, which is the equivalent of about $523 US.
DigiTimes also says that Asus will be showing off three new ultra-thin notebooks at Computex, the UX, U, and Edge series laptops. These aren’t part of the Eee PC netbook line, as they’re described as high end, mid-range and entry level computers.
You can read more about the Eee PC 1008HA in the Liliputing Product Database.
This is an interesting direction for Asus to go with their lineup… if they could only squeeze more than the claimed 5 hours out of the battery, maybe it could help fight market oversaturation 🙂
Apparently, it’ll have wireless N and bluetooth in spite of the HA designation. They’re always one step ahead of anybody trying to make sense out of their model numbers.
If this keyboard representation is for real, the layout looks good (big, well placed right shift key, etc). The keys look sort of thin and flat, but this is probably necessary for the thin design. It has the new N280 CPU, but I guess it remains to be seen if it’ll have the new chipset.
I don’t care much for the sleek, high fashion looks, but I would tolerate that to get the 2.4 pound weight.
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