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.

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8 replies on “Updated Asus netbooks to feature brushed aluminum finish?”

  1. I prefer aluminum to plastic any day but it does have a few drawbacks.
    It can dent very easily, and deepening on the finish can scratch easily.
    The aluminum used is very thin also works as a heat sink and is recyclable. I don’t think it cost that much more to make but it can cost a premium. I would pay a little extra but not a lot. Whats on the inside is more important to me. However I wish everyone would ditch the gloss black, it’s impossible to keep looking nice.

    1. its also heavier, thats why Macs have always been plagued by being considerably heavier than their PC counterparts even though they are thinner.

    1. im assuming that they will surely consider making larger size ones later if these work out well. but i mean, there’s already UL20A existing in the market which has the same deisgn of aluminum casing, chiclet keyboard and, of course, a size that’s really close to 11.6″. if you ever watched some reviews on youtube with the 11.6″ and 12.1″ CULV laptop comparison, you’d understand how close they are in terms of dimensions.

      i still don’t understand why they stopped making 11.1″ besides the reason that it costs more than 11.6″

  2. this is part of the reason i dont pull the trigger on 1st gen (of a new CPU line) netbooks, because i know the n470, better gfx solutions, higher rez, & now improved casings are on the way. things should start to slow down in Q2.

    i wonder how much of a premium it will add to the price? hopefully the drop in the other improvements i mentioned up there. i have no problems paying a few hundred more to get better materials.

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