Second-gen Eee PC a CES no-show
But bigger displays and WiMax coming in Q2
CES Asus today committed itself to expanding its Eee PC line-up not only with WiMax wireless broadband-enabled versions but also machines with 7, 8 and 8.9in displays. They'll appear in Q2, Asus said.
However, the anticipated second-gen Eee PC failed to make its anticipated appearance.
The larger screen size – rumoured for some time – will provide a resolution of 1024 x 600, Asus said. That addresses one of the chief limitations of the current, 7in Eee PC: its 800 x 480 resolution, which isn't too much of a problem for Linux, but doesn't play so well with Windows.
Asus' Eee PC and friend: make-over in Q2?
Future Eee PCs – those equipped with WiMax, for certain – will come pre-loaded with Windows XP. That's something Asus has promised before, but it's inevitable given the undoubted low level of Linux driver support for WiMax hardware, at least in the short term.
Asus' second-quarter timeframe isn't a surprise: that's when Intel has said it will ship its 'Echo Peak' WiMax module for Centrino laptops. That's not to say that the new Eee PCs will be Centrino-branded, but they will certainly deliver WiMax using Intel technology.
Other specs are less clear. Asus said it would stick with a “compact design”, but committed itself only to the use of solid-state storage, a webcam and “an intuitive user interface”.
Asus' R50A: UMPC done right?
The next Eee PC may have been a no-show, but Asus did show off its R50A UMPC, a more PDA-sized alternative to the clunky tablet designs chosen by UMPC makers to date. The R50A will incorporate GPS, always part of Microosoft's UMPC vision but never implemented until now.
It'll also sport a 5.6in, 1024 x 600 LCD that Asus claimed will be readable in bright sunlight. It too will be WiMax ready.
Asus Eee PC 4G
I want it....with Linux, and better screen res ... oh, and 3G support
First - I love it....and I want it!
But the one thing holding me back is the low screen res ...so I'm gonna wait and see what's out by the end of the summer - even if the screen is still 7", I'd like to see a better native screen resolution in Linux!
Can anyone tell me - 2 questions - is there any kind of S-Video support, and can I add a card with a SIM in it for mobile connectivity using HSDPA - or is that what the WiMax is for (I thought that was still in it's infancy)?
"The R50A will incorporate GPS, always part of Microsoft's UMPC vision but never implemented until now."
Actually, the R50A predecessor (the R2H) features built-in GPS too - available since way back in August 2006! Also a long time before the N810.
Just thought I'd point that out.
Undoubted high level of Linux Intel Wi-max support...
"given the undoubted low level of Linux driver support for WiMax hardware"
Erm, so what exactly is Intel currently demoing at CES??? That's right, Memron based devices running Linux, Wi-max included. There's not an Intel chip from CPU to graphics to wireless that ships these days without an open-source Linux driver for it.
...there she is! I missed her. Well, not really, but not a bad picture to see, cellulite and all.
I got one for a few weeks. The little thing is actually very lovely, no bulk of notebook, more functional than nokia tablet. Please don't make it bigger and heavier - it won't compete with a regular notebook.