Everex to take on the Eee PC with $400 VIA laptop

Californian PC maker Everex is making headlines once again. This time, it's not the company's $199 desktop PC or its planned $275 full-sized notebook that are generating publicity, but rather an upcoming ultra-portable system akin to Asustek's recently launched Eee PC.

LinuxDevices has the scoop on the upcoming Everex sub-notebook, which it says will bear the somewhat less catchy name of CE1200V. The CE1200V will reportedly have a 7" 800x480 display—just like the Eee PC—as well as a 1.2GHz VIA C7 processor, 512MB of RAM, a 30GB hard drive, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, a 4-in-1 card reader, a DVI display output, and a 1.2-megapixel webcam on some models. In other words, think an Eee PC with a hard drive instead of a solid-state drive and a VIA processor instead of an Intel one.

On the software side of things, LinuxDevices says the CE1200V will come with the same Ubuntu Linux-based gOS operating system as the $199 PC. gOS offers a lightweight Enlightenment E17-based user interface as well as a suite of web-based Google applications.

Pictures of the system posted by LinuxDevices suggest the CE1200V is based on the NanoBook UMD Reference Design VIA unveiled at Computex. That would imply a similar weight (1.87 lbs or 850 g) and similar battery life (around five hours), although Everex is expected to price the CE1200V at $400, making it $200 cheaper than VIA's $600 target for the NanoBook reference. Such specifications could make the CE1200V a more mobile alternative to the $350-400 Eee PC, which weighs 2 lbs and is rated for 3.5 hours of battery life at most.

We'll probably find out sooner rather than later. Everex is supposedly scheduled to unveil the CE1200V during the Consumer Electronics Show, which starts on January 7. Systems are expected to become available the following week on January 15.

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