ECS 'Eee killer' sub-notebook coming this summer

As CeBIT rolled on earlier this month, word got out that ECS was planning to go head-on against the Asus Eee PC with a competing low-end sub-notebook known as the G10IL. We saw pictures of the system and heard a few specifications, but many questions remained unanswered—when would it come out? How big would the display be? What kind of hardware would it be based on?

The folks at DailyTech have learned a little more about the G10IL, and they've been able to answer a few of those questions. They say ECS plans to unveil the machine some time this summer, and the notebook will be available with either 8.9" or 10.2" glossy displays. An Intel Atom processor and 945GSE chipset will keep the laptop ticking, while a choice of four- and six-cell batteries will keep it mobile. On the operating system front, ECS will reportedly offer both Windows XP and a yet-unknown Linux variant.

DailyTech also elaborates on some of the specs we've already heard, saying the machine will feature a 1.3-megapixel webcam, 4-in-1 card reader, Ethernet port, 56k modem, and connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HSDPA 7.2. One key item is still missing, though: the G10IL's price. Judging by the specs, we'd guess something around the $500 mark, but ECS has yet to announce anything specific.

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