Aluminum-clad Eee PC shown in the flesh

— 4:21 PM on March 1, 2010

Who says only premium laptops get to don sleek aluminum enclosures? On the eve of CeBIT, the folks at Engadget have gotten their hands on two new, aluminum-clad netbooks from Asus: the Eee PC 1018P and 1016P.

Looking at Engadget's image gallery, these two little laptops have very sleek-looking brushed aluminum finishes with either light or dark tints. We can also see Apple-style plastic chiclet keyboards, reasonably large touch pads, and otherwise typical 10" Eee PC form factors with the usual assortment of ports on the sides.

A placard in one of the photos says the Eee PC 1016P has a 1024x600 display, an Atom N450 or N455 processor, 1GB of RAM, 160 or 250GB of storage capacity, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, and a choice of six- or nine-cell batteries (rated for 7.5 and nine hours of run time, respectively).

Calling the processor listings "peculiar," Engadget says Asus also mentions an Atom N475 processor, perhaps in the spec sheet for the Eee PC 1018P. Intel has announced neither N455 nor N475 Atoms so far. However, recent rumblings from the rumor mill tell us those two CPUs might be versions of the Atom N450 and N470 with support for DDR3 memory instead of DDR2.

Otherwise, Engadget writes of the new Eee PCs, "The overall build quality feels great, and with the flush battery they are both seriously slim and light." Asus' chiclet keys reportedly feel "plenty sturdy," too.

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