Asus to launch Air-like Eee PC 'Seashell' next week
Asus has launched its MacBook Air-style Eee PC 1008HA in Taiwan, and will do it all over again over here early next week, Register Hardware has learned.
Asus' Eee 1008HA: Air inspired?
The skinny netbook measures between 18 and 26mm top to bottom, has a footprint of 262 x 178 and weighs 1.1kg - one of the lightest 10in, HDD-equipped mini laptops out there - though it's up against some tough competition from Acer's still-to-ship inch-thick Aspire One D250.
The 1008HA uses Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor, though Asus is keeping mum on the chipset - and hence the netbook's graphics capability. It has said the machine has 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 10/100Mb/s Ethernet - the later, with two USB 2.0, analogue audio and VGA ports, is hidden behind contoured flaps on the sides the machine.
The new Eee - also called Seashell - comes with 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 160GB 5400rpm 3Gb/s Sata hard drive.
Asus claims the on-board battery's good for six hours' usage. The netbook will offered with a choice of colours: white, black, blue, pink, "Sapphire Blue" and "Ruby Red".
Expect full UK pricing and availability details on Tuesday. ®
Check out Register Hardware's video demo of the Asus Eee PC 1008HA
Calling your notebooks/netbooks this brings a whole new meaning to Demolition Man? Still can't quite work out how stalone would have used this.
Probably because 1" is 25.4mm
Why the Air comparison
Is it purely due to its thinness? Otherwise there are no similarities... one is a proper computer, the other is a Mac (boom boom!). Seriously though, they are completely different and aimed at different segments with completely different levels of capability...
Air is in the same group as the Voodoo Envy, Thinkpad X300 and Vaio TT or Z; this Eee is in with the S101 and NC10.
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You have a story about (a) an Asus product (b) that's called "Seashell", and you don't use the photograph of the Asus Eee beach babe? What's wrong with you? This isn't The Register I know and love.
Why do reporters always seem make comparisons using different units?
Golly, this 26mm thick Asus is up against the inch thick Acer.
WTF? Why don't you do the conversion instead of forcing god knows how many thousands of you readers to do it for you?
Paris wouldn't even notice an inch thick one I'm sure