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Cebit 09 Asus stuck with its beside-the-seaside theme this week when it unveiled its latest 10in Eee PC netbook, the 1008HA, at Cebit.

Asus Eee 1008HA

Asus' Eee 1008HA: inspired by MacBook Air?

The 1in-thick device weighs in at 1.1kg and has a 92 per cent scaled keyboad. Asus chairman Jonney Shih said the device took its inspiration from a seashell, and the device does indeed come in what the vendor describes as “a luxe pearlescent casing that gives off a captivating sheen”.

Asus' old Eee girl

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A description which could equally be applied to the model the vendor had parading the device in front of journalists at Cebit. However, she doesn't include a digital array mic, SRS Premium Sound, 1.3Mp camera, or 802.11n, Bluetooth and WiMax connectivity.

Asus Eee 1008HA

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The Taiwanese vendor certainly used the show to squeeze every last drop of brand equity out of Eee. The three letters were plastered on everything from a 1l desktop PC, a 2TB NAS box, a videophone and something called the Eee Stick which appears to be some sort of wireless gaming controller, and nothing to do with the Eee girl at all. ®

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