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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