Asus Eee PC 1101HA

Asus is showing off the first member of the Eee PC family to sport an 11.6 inch display at Computex this week. The Eee PC 1101HA, which we first heard rumors about last month, will feature an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Atom Z520 or Z530 processor, and run for up to 11 hours on a charge.

The laptop looks a lot like the Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell in terms of styling, although it’s hard to tell much from the promotional flyer snapshot that’s making the rounds. I haven’t seen any hands on photos of the computer yet.

Up until now Asus has tried to draw a distinction between its Eee PC netbooks and its higher end laptop computers by keeping the Eee PC name off of anything with a screen larger than 10.2 inches. But those higher resolution 11.6 inch displays are all the rage these days. Acer, Lenovo, MSI, Dell, Samsung, and other netbook makers are all releasing low cost, light weight machines with 12 inch or smaller screens. It might be time to change our definition of netbooks… what do you think?

Update: Netbook has a few pictures of the laptop from an Asus press event.

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8 replies on “Asus introduces 11.6 inch Eee PC 1101HA”

  1. While I am not thrilled with GMA500 due to lack of solid support for the graphics device, and it doesn’t have a pointer mouse (what besides the Vaio P under $1k does?), if this has the keyboard layout with the Fn key near the arrow keys, I’m sold. Can someone get some higher resolution photos of the display?

    Too bad the P91 Vaios aren’t in NA yet and affordable (specced well for $1k, not $1800), otherwise, I’d just buy 10 of them.

  2. Yeah, I think size, weight, price, and performance have more to do with the netbook/notebook divide than actual screen size. The original netbooks had 7″ screens, and those have kept getting bigger over the past year and a half as prices dropped.

    All I want to know about this 11.6″ model is its size and weight. If it has a smaller bezel around the screen, it might be no bigger than the 10″ model. If I can squeeze it into my purse, I might pick this one up instead of the 1008HA.

    1. I’m also hoping to find out that info.

      I’m quite happy that so many 11.6″ and 12″ devices are around the corner. My disappointment with the ones announced so far (MSI U200, Acer 751, Lenovo S12) is that none of them incorporate a flush-fitting 6-cell battery. With the extra size, you’d think that would be a no-brainer! I hope Asus does better in that regard.

  3. Since no doubt every conceivable combination of screen size, resolution, weight, performance, price… will eventually be available in a continuum from 7″ on up to normal laptop sizes, my interest is less with an arbitrary definition of “netbook” than with perhaps a rating system that highlights areas of use. For example, a portability rating, which in my view is closely connected with weight because portability means to me comfortably carrying the thing on your shoulder for hours a day. Anything less than 2 pounds would get the highest rating. I want as much screen and performance and battery time as I can get but not at the expense of exceeding 2 pounds, and maybe 1.5 pounds may be a future standard for what I would call the highest level of “portability.” Next in importance is price. (Sorry, Sony.)

    There are of course other uses for netbooks for which other factors than weight matter more, for instance, portability only around a house or a business—as opposed to on the road.

    I might call the former “wide area netbooks” or WANs, and the latter “local area netbooks” or LANs… if those acronyms hadn’t already been taken.

  4. I pretty much agree with TrackSmart. Also, a larger, thinner netbook could be more portable than a smaller, thicker one in some cases, such as slipping between file folders or legal pads in your valise or backpack.

  5. Nope. The “Netbook” is dead. In an attempt to avoid a “race to the bottom”, netbook makers stemmed the tide of compact notebooks with minimal hardware by increasing screen size, storage size, and features.

    The new definition of “netbook” is overpriced underpowered mini-notebooks.

    But it is true that technology doesn’t stand still… and because of the attempt to distance themselves from the bottom, netbook manufacturers will be faced with serious challenges by Android-equipped “Smartbooks”.

  6. Netbooks are laptops that are “cheap”, “portable”, and have “just enough performance” for everyday tasks.

    Take the upcoming Acer 11.6″. It weighs 2.7 pounds, has a small footprint, “just adequate” performance, and starts at $350. Sounds like a netbook to me.

    Technology doesn’t stand still. And the amount of features and performance that we can put into a “cheap”, “portable”, and “good enough” computer will get better over time.

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