Sellers price up 8GB Eee PC
Black and white models coming Q1 2008
Even though the 4GB version of Asus' elfin Eee PC isn't exactly easy to get hold of, some system sellers have started taking advance orders for the as-yet-unreleased 8GB model.
Set be available in both white and black versions, the 8GB solid-state disk Eee PC comes with 1GB of DDR 2 memory - double that installed in the 4GB model.
Like that machine, the 8GB incarnation has 802.11b/g Wi-Fi; three USB ports; a 10/100Mb/s Ethernet port; a 7in, 800 x 480 display; and a 900MHz Intel Celeron M ULV processor underclocked to 630MHz.
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The sub-sub-notebook comes pre-installed with Linux and a basic user interface, though it's easy to tweak to gain a full Linux desktop, to install Windows XP or even Mac OS X Leopard.
Here in the UK, one reseller, Clove, is offering the 8GB Eee PC on pre-order for £304.32 - around £84 more than the average price of the 4GB model. The unit is due sometime in Q1 2008.
Asus recently told us it was focusing on the 2GB and 4GB Eee PCs in a bid to meet demand, and that it wouldn't begin producing the promised 8GB model until its has production of the lesser models has ramped up somewhat.
Likewise, it's focusing on the white and, more recently, the black models. Asus has promised other colours: pale pink, sky blue and a light green that we can only imagine appealing to Eee PC completists. Again, these colours aren't due to appear until next year.
• Asus Eee PC 4G sub-sub-notebook
Hope that this is helpful.
SSD is surface-mounted to motherboard (so not easily upgraded)
SSD is faster than flash memory e.g. USB sticks & SD
Some people have reported that later model (sold in UK?) eeepcs no longer have second pcie slot connector installed, just the pads (possible parts shortage?)
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Out of stock, at least on the web, so they can't have had millions, unless millions of Reg readers ordered after seeing the earlier comment!
Given that memory cards are cheap, I wonder if the advantage of an 8GB model is that great.
Another thought, is this so nice that it's not worth paying 80 squid extra for a cheapo laptop, which has a DVD writer, a proper hard drive, a full size screen, and a copy of (boo, hiss) Windows?
I'm very tempted but reserving judgement till I've seen one in reality. If it reminds me enough of my old Psion I'll buy it.
I've played around with the 4gig eee of a friend and the thing which annoys me is that it gets quite warm after just a few minutes even if you don't do anything with it. Some moments later the fan goes off. I really like it, the keyboard is small but not too small, the screen could be a tad bigger (1024) but I'm sure I could live with that as well. But the temperature issue prevents me from buying one myself. I hoped to replace my old palm and ancient laptop with it, but I don't need a heater. It's also the front side of the eee which gets warm, so you can't help but notice it when your palms rest on it while typing.
@ Is the drive upgradable?
Would 8 gigs of storage and 2 gigs of ram do ?
Looks like upgrades will be easy
Being frugal, I figure I may buy a 4G unit in the late winter and upgrade it
I got a little worried we weren't gonna see that pic anymore after the last pic-less e-pc story.