Asus' bigger, meaner, and more expensive Eee PC sub-notebook will hit stores in the United States just over two months after its initial unveiling at the CeBIT trade show in Germany. NotebookReview.com says it has learned straight from the horse's mouth that the Eee PC 900 is on track for a U.S. launch on May 12. The laptop will cost $549—about $150 more than the priciest Eee PC 700—and will be available with both Linux and Windows XP operating systems.
For that extra $150, customers will get an 8.9" display with a 1024 x 600 resolution (much larger than the Eee PC 700's 7", 800 x 480 display), 1GB of RAM, and solid-state storage capacities of either 12GB or 20GB. The 12GB capacity will be reserved for the Windows XP-powered model, while the Linux-based Eee PC 900 will get a full 20GB. Presumably, the lower-cost storage option will offset the higher-cost Windows OS, but NotebookReview.com doesn't get into details about the subject.
You can check out a review of the Eee PC 900 over at TrustedReviews. According to that particular piece, the Eee PC 900 will feature a 900MHz Intel Celeron processor with a 915GM core logic chipset, so those looking to purchase their first Intel Atom-based notebook will have to look elsewhere—for now, at least.
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