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Asus has introduced its latest Eee PC, a 10in model that will incorporate the latest Atom CPU - the N280 - and a nine-and-a-half hour runtime.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

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The battery life is Asus' claim, of course, and numbers quoted by vendors are rarely achieved in real-world usage. Asus said the Eee 1000HE has a six-cell battery, but didn't specify its capacity.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

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The N280 runs at 1.67GHz, up from the N270's 1.6GHz, and the machine's 1GB memory will be clocked at 667MHz rather than 533MHz. That's thanks to an improved chipset: Intel's GN40, which also bring HD-capable graphics, though at what cost to battery life remains to be seen.

Other specs are largely Small, Cheap Computer standard: 10in, 1024 x 600 screen; three USB ports; SDHC card slot; VGA port; and 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, plus 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It comes with a 160GB hard drive and a Sony/Apple-style lozenge keyboard.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE

Now with a lozenge-style keyboard

The only versions of the machine currently listed are down as Windows XP boxes. There's no word on Linux versions.

Due to be made available in a choice of glossy blue and black cases - shades of Aspire One? - the Eee 1000HE will cost $400 (£280/€311) when it ships in the US. European availability and pricing has yet to be released. ®

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