Asus, the company that started it all with the mini-notebook, ultra-portable scene has now officially rolled out its 900 and 1000 series Eee PCs at Computex. In what looks like an extremely competitive space on every level, Asus continues to advance its advantage with both models. Last night we posted about Asus’ move to add WiMAX to its platforms and now they’ve added the new screen sizes and features for those looking for just a bit more than original 700 hundred series offers.
The biggest differences here are immediately apparent in the screen sizes. The 900 series offers an 8.9 inch screen and the 1000 series a 10 inch screen. From what I’m seeing and reading the 1000 is impressing folks as not feeling quite so ultra-portable as its smaller cousins, but think about it, it is still a small companion device. Both come in black and white (in this post the 900 is in white and the 1000 is wearing black.) Of course the 1000 key board has a little more room to manuever your fingers across the keyboard. Asus is also touting over 7 hours of battery life, but we’ll have to see on that one in real world usage, and of course we’re talking about pick an OS option, which also means pick a price option. No word yet on official pricing on the 1000 series but rumors are in the $650 range, which means that the newly announced MSI Wind and others will be more than stiff competition.
Asus started this all and it looks like they are in the race to stay.
Follow the Read More link for the press release.
Embrace Easy, Excellent and Exciting Computing with the New Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢
Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ 901, 1000 and 1000(H) Unveiled at Computex 2008
Upon reaching the milestone of surpassing 1 million Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ sets sold in just 6 months after its launch, ASUS has provided yet another wave of anticipation with its release of the new Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ 901, 1000 and 1000(H) models. These new iterations of the ever popular electronic gadget add even more options to users. With its shockproof Solid State Drive (SSD) design, users will be able to enjoy stable and reliable computing on-the-go Ã¢â‚¬” making it the ideal and travelling companion for outdoor activities. This new range of Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ are also equipped with the exclusive Super Hybrid Engine technology that can provide longer battery lifespans of up to 7.8 hours*, exclusive web storage and high speed connectivity**, and large displays for easy viewing. Available on both Windows and GNU Linux platforms Ã¢â‚¬” this range expands upon the original 3 Ã¢â‚¬ËœE’s to further its ““EasyÃ¢â‚¬Â concept to cater to even more discerning users.
* Exact battery life subject to actual usage and model.
** 3.5G concept sample will be displayed at Computex 2008.
““With constant innovations and implementation of the latest technologies in the new Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ range, we have since expanded the original 3 Ã¢â‚¬ËœE’s into Ã¢â‚¬ËœEasy’, Ã¢â‚¬ËœExcellent’ and Ã¢â‚¬ËœExciting’. Ã¢â‚¬ËœEasy’ will still encompass the core value of Easy to learn, work and play, Ã¢â‚¬ËœExcellent’ will highlight the Eee PC’sÃ¢â€žÂ¢ role as an Excellent mobile Internet device and Ã¢â‚¬ËœExciting’ entails utilizing the Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ for Exciting multimedia enjoyment.Ã¢â‚¬Â said Jerry Shen, CEO of ASUS.
Solid State Drive for Shockproof and Reliable Computing
With mobility being one of the key factors that contributed to the Eee PC’sÃ¢â€žÂ¢ overwhelming success, the new range of Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ continues in this trend and utilizes the built-in Solid State Drive (SSD) technology. This technology is shock proof, quiet, produces less heat and is energy saving for reliable and stable computing on-the-go. Traditional hard disk designs spin at 5400 RPM (Revolutions per Minute) Ã¢â‚¬” creating more chances of data loss or damage in the event of shocks or bumps. The Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢, on the other hand, are able to safeguard against such incidents Ã¢â‚¬” making them the perfect solution for outdoor computing and ideally suited for reporters, wildlife photographers and other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts.
Exceptional Features for User Convenience
The new Eee PCsÃ¢â€žÂ¢ are also equipped an expanded battery that provides up to 7.8 hours* of battery life; while the exclusive Super Hybrid Engine technology provides three GUI modes to easily adjust CPU frequency, voltage, and LCD brightness to minimize system noise and power consumption to save up to 15% power consumption, or to maximize system performance according to individual needs. What’s more, the addition of exclusive 20GB Internet storage makes data backups simple and convenient.
* Exact battery life subject to actual usage and model.
Enjoy Easy Viewing with Large Displays
The new Eee PCsÃ¢â€žÂ¢ will integrate large 8.9Ã¢â‚¬Â to 10Ã¢â‚¬Â displays Ã¢â‚¬” allowing users to view more screenspace and enjoy easier viewing of A4 documents and online webpages Ã¢â‚¬” without the need to scroll left or right. Furthermore, the Eee PCsÃ¢â€žÂ¢ pair a built-in
* Only available on the Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ 1000 models
The new range of Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ also makes its mark with trendy and colorful Infusion cover patterns inspired by various elements. The Infusion technology utilizes a unique manufacturing process that is inlaid into the chassis itself Ã¢â‚¬” forming an integral part of the Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢. It is also extremely resilient Ã¢â‚¬” resisting scratches and scrapes, and thus will not fade with time. Additionally, these new cover designs are tastefully designed and provide vibrant colors to suit the user’s individual personalities Ã¢â‚¬” making the new Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ the ideal companion for your computing needs.
ASUS will also be showcasing several new Eee Family products like the Eee Box and the Eee TV at our Computex booth. This new range of products embody the ““EasyÃ¢â‚¬Â concept synonymous with the Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢, and will provide allow users to easily enjoy new digital experiences.
ASUS Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ Achievements
ASUS has sold more than a million Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ sets since the official launch in October 2007. On April 19th 2008, at the Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ 900’s official launch in Hong Kong, ASUS sold 1,000 sets in 1 day. In Taiwan, the Eee PCÃ¢â€žÂ¢ 900 was placed on Yahoo’s front page on the 16th of April, and in just 1 hour achieved 20,000 hits Ã¢â‚¬” creating a brand new blogging record.
ASUS at Computex 2008
For more details about our highlighted products, please come visit us at TICC (Taipei International Convention Center), Booth no. TF1L & 101B from June 3 Ã¢â‚¬” 7!
ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than 8000 and a world-class R&D design team, the turnover for 2007 was 6.9 billion U.S. Dollars. ASUS has been ranked in Business Week InfoTech 100 for 10 consecutive years, and has been ranked No.1 by the Wall Street Journal Asia for best quality products in Taiwan.