Asus Eee PC 900 pictured, shown running WinXP

Yesterday, we spotted a report on a French site that said Asus was about to introduce a new version of its popular Eee PC sub-notebook with a larger display. As it turns out, Asus did in fact unveil the machine at CeBIT. The new laptop is dubbed the Eee PC 900, and the folks at Engadget have gotten up close and personal with it at Asus’ CeBIT booth.

The gadget site has a whole gallery of photos of the new Eee PC, including shots that depict the system running Windows XP. The new notebook has an 8.9″ display with a 1024 x 600 resolution that looks noticeably roomier in both Windows XP and Linux than the current Eee’s 7″ 800 x 480 display. The new Eee also seems to have a larger track pad than its predecessor, which should make dragging around the cursor on the larger display easier.

The larger display and higher resolution should take care of one of the chief criticisms of the Eee, which is that its small display size that forces users to do a significant amount of scrolling to surf the Internet or read long documents. Although that didn’t stop us from giving the Eee PC 700 our Editor’s Choice Award, some reviewers were more negative—including Wall Street Journal technology correspondent Walt Mossberg, who said the device was “too cramped.”

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    • Metalianman
    • 12 years ago

    I wanted to buy the 4G but I still can’t find it anywhere in stock in U.K. It’s been more than a month that ASUS hasn’t supply UK with the 4G versions… Since I choosed to buy a couple of hard drives instead I wonder if this is going to be out soon! If it’s out until June I’ll definitely going to get it! It’s perfect for uni which is more or less what I want it for. I do have a laptop but getting on a bike and have the laptop at your back is really weird! Especially when you have to curry a second bag for your books and notes!

    ASUS please send it to UK quick and with enough stock!!!!

    • yogibbear
    • 12 years ago

    Release date? I think i want one for uni… can’t afford a lappy and all i want is to be able to play a bit of music and use word/excel/internet

      • Hattig
      • 12 years ago

      I imagine it will be within the next 3 to 5 months, depending on how early they are showing it off. If we’re lucky it’ll be out sooner.

      I bet the standard Linux will do you for those tasks, OpenOffice being a nice alternative for non-business word processing, spreadsheets, etc.

        • ludi
        • 12 years ago

        Yeah, but if his uni is standardized on Office products and doesn’t have a lot of Linux users, he’ll be completely on his own for resolving any support issues or cross-compatibility problems.

    • timbits
    • 12 years ago

    looks like the same size keyboard… bummer

    • ludi
    • 12 years ago

    Huh…I may end up actually buying one of these instead of a new video card. Very tempting.

    • vince
    • 12 years ago

    Never seen a QWERTZ keyboard before. Is that a standard? Am I just stuck in my own little world?

      • Convert
      • 12 years ago

      Hah, nice catch.

      • eloj
      • 12 years ago

      QWERTZ is the standard in german-speaking countries.

      Want something really weird, try a French layout. You must use shift to output numbers!

        • Hattig
        • 12 years ago

        They’re a shifty lot them french. :p

      • ludi
      • 12 years ago

      Vhat? You have never seen zee que-vert-zee keyboard? Hans, beat him over zee head vith zees notebook until heez good senze returnz!

    • Hattig
    • 12 years ago

    Still no CPU details. The screen looks far better though, and a bigger trackpad is nice.

    • etilena
    • 12 years ago

    yeap. definitely worth getting now. hope it comes out in the next couple of months.

    • indeego
    • 12 years ago

    Battery life?

    4+ hours and I’ll get itg{<.<}g

      • Flying Fox
      • 12 years ago

      I doubt it. But once they put in a Silverthorne and switch to an even lower power LCD display, then it is very much possible. Lower power SSD will sure not hurt too.

        • tfp
        • 12 years ago

        Assuming they don’t make the battery smaller because the laptop uses less power.

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