Asus CEO: Get ready for Atom-based Eee PCs

The Eee PC has been a hot topic of discussion ever since its launch last year, and Asus generated renewed hype with its announcement of the 8.9″ Eee PC 900 and Windows XP-powered Eees last week. In the wake of these launches, the guys at Laptop Magazine have interviewed Asus CEO Jerry Shen to learn a little more about what’s in store for the Eee lineup in coming months.

The most interesting tidbit in the interview is probably Shen’ statement that Eee PCs based on the Intel Atom processor should hit the market as early as May. According to Shen, Atom’s 45nm process tech gives it a power efficiency edge over VIA’s 65nm Isaiah, and Atom is “very competitive” from a price standpoint. Shen says Asus is also mulling the addition of conventional hard drives to the Eee line, which is currently entirely based on solid-state drives. If Asus does decide to make HDD-based Eees, Shen suggests they won’t come until the second half of the year.

Beyond forecasting future hardware changes to the Eee, Shen gave Laptop Magazine some details about the recently announced Eee PC 900. He says this new model will hit stores in April at $499, and that it will be available in two versions: one with an 8GB solid-state drive and Windows XP, and another one with either a 12GB or a 20GB solid-state drive and the usual Xandros Linux distribution (Asus hasn’t settled on the storage capacity for that model yet). Shen goes on to say the 7″ display and 800 x 480 resolution on the Eee PC 700 is “too small,” and he adds that the 900 will probably get a price cut in June.

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    • aatu
    • 13 years ago

    And still no sign of the first Eee here in Finland…
    I’m waiting (hoping) for the moment when other manufacturers (MSI, Acer, ECS) will take advantage of the market opportunity Asus is neglecting in some European countries…

    • Flying Fox
    • 13 years ago

    I wonder what those Atom based Eee will cost?

      • UberGerbil
      • 13 years ago

      Well, the given how many they can get from a wafer the chips themselves should be cheap (even if Intel’s desired markup).

    • Hattig
    • 13 years ago

    Right, I’m waiting until June, but then one of these bad boys will be all mine.

    Don’t want to lumber the machine with XP anyway, would rather have a bigger drive – hopefully 20GB, if not, why not a nice round 16GB Asus?

    • Nitrodist
    • 13 years ago

    How about a bigger screen first? Damn.

      • bthylafh
      • 13 years ago

      You are not the target market.

    • indeego
    • 13 years ago

    This economically cannot last long term, and it would be Dumping, something the Euro’s and the U.S. have prohibitedg{<.<}g s[

      • bthylafh
      • 13 years ago

      It’d take years for another suit to go through the courts, presuming the next president won’t sabotage DoJ’s efforts like Bush did.

      • UberGerbil
      • 13 years ago

      It’s not dumping if they are selling it for more than it costs to make it. The R&D has already been paid for. When it’s being preinstalled by the OEMs there’s near zero cost of goods. All that is left is support costs and overhead. Microsoft could offer XP to the OEMs for say $29 or $19 and still be able to make a valid case that they aren’t dumping anything.

    • donkeycrock
    • 13 years ago

    does that mean the linux version will be a $100 less?

      • Peldor
      • 13 years ago

      Not likely with the bigger solid-state drive.

      • StashTheVampede
      • 13 years ago

      Microsoft will nearly GIVE away an OS on the cheapie notebooks. I’m certain that MS will soon be plopping on these suckers — they cannot lose mindshare about their OS, no matter what the notebook cost.

      • UberGerbil
      • 13 years ago

      Windows does not cost the OEMs $100.

        • donkeycrock
        • 13 years ago

        but the OEMs charge the consumer $100

          • UberGerbil
          • 13 years ago

          Which just means they have some room to maneuver when trying to hit their price targets.

          • thecoldanddarkone
          • 13 years ago

          How do you know that? Last time I checked the difference between most dells with Vista hp compared to linux is about 50 dollars, heck many times you can get a Vista HP product cheaper than with linux because of deals.

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