Asus EEE pc is a new model of ultraportable laptop coming from Asus. This computer caused much commotion since the time of its announcement due to the low pricetag associated with the unit, US$299, in a market where average prices range from US$600 to US$3000.
The technical specs are as follows.
CPU: 900mhz Intel, Dothan based.
Chipset: Intel 910 mobile
OS: Xandros based linux system customized for EEE.
Wired Communication: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet; 56k modem.
Wireless communication: Wifi 802.11 b/g, possible bluetooth
Graphic: Intel UMA, shared memory.
Memory: 512MB, DDR2-400.
Storage: 8GB solid state drive for base model, moved up from previous 4GB base model capacity.
Webcam: 300k pixel video camera.
Audio: Hi-Definition Audio CODEC, built-in stereo, built-in mic
Battery Life: 3hours, (4 cells 5200mAh, 2S2P)
Dimension&Weight: 22.5X16.5X2.1~3.5cm, 0.89kg
Colors: Grey/white, Charcoal/black
Price: US$299~$500 depending on the setup.
All in all, rather decent unit for a sub $300 ultraportable notebook. Even more interesting is how they are using linux distribution as a mean of cutting down on price. While 3 hour battery would limit the unit's functionality as an ultraportable, the price alone will make it something out of hackers' and college students' dream. (And ofcourse, there is a possibility of extended batteries being offered by a third party manufacturer.)
The specification of what class this computer would belong to is under some debate. Some would refer to it as a UMPC, while some would refer to it as a tablet pc with integrated keyboard, seeing that this computer would roughly be the size of two DVD boxes stacked on top of each other.