Asus reschedules 8GB Eee PC to Q2, moles claim
Pesky Flash disks...
Waiting for the 8GB Eee PC? Then you're going to have to wait a little longer - until April at least, it has been alleged, thanks to problems Asus is having getting the machine out of the door.
What those problems are, Chinese-language paper Economic Daily News doesn't say, simply stating that the 8GB Eee PC has been delayed to Q2.
Plenty of retailers are listing the 8GB Eee PC but of the many we looked at this morning none had stock and were taking advance orders only.
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EDN also claimed that Asus has lowered its Q1 Eee sales forecast from 1m units to 700,000, presumably thanks to all those 8GB models it will now not sell until Q2. The paper attributed the claim to sources within Asus.
According to DigiTimes, Asus itself has admitted it discovered some issues with the Flash drive used in the 8GB Eee.
Another month, another blonde
Well the same one actually, but who's complaining?
I have a 16GB Asus EEE PC!
I currently have 4GB model, if you strip of Asus Xandros and chuck on plain Ubuntu, you get a lot more software, faster system and more user space to play in. Additionally you get more control over the filesystem type and usage patterns to try to save wear and tear on it. If you use your own O/S like Uby, you can boot the O/S from the SD card in the slot in the side. Ever so slightly slower, but barely noticieble. 50 quid for a 16GB SD card, slap Uby on it and boot it from that. If it lasts 9-12 months, great, then chuck it away and buy a new card. Even better with the new 32GB SDHC cards, when the price drops.
Sod the 8Gigs, when is *SHE* available ??
Also, I would be surprised if here were many technical difficulties in fitting a bigger flash disk. So i wonder if the reason is really that the prices of 8G flash is too high - or indeed if the 4G ones are selling well enough thankyou.
Persoanally, having used mine for a month or so, 4G is reasonable, esp with a 4G plug in card as well. However a bigger screen (in the existing case) really would be cool!
I like the Eee but I wish it had a slightly bigger display - not just resolution, but the border around the edge could be made thinner to accommodate say an 8 in display (if there is such a thing) but not increase the overall size of the machine.
Still - seems a good value device.