First Eee PC 900s to have dual-core chips?

Asus won't wait on Intel's new Atom processors to unveil its second-generation Eee PC 900 sub-notebooks, according to a report by DigiTimes. Quoting retail channel sources, the site says Asus plans to launch its first Eee PC 900 models in Taiwan in the second half of this month, and that the machines will be powered by "Intel's older-generation dual-core ULV processors."

Asus hasn't announced anything of the sort, but Intel's low-end mobile Core 2 Duo or Pentium chips might have low enough prices and tight enough thermal envelopes to be good fits for the Eee PC—that is, unless DigiTimes' informants are just plain wrong. Regardless, the Taiwanese website says Asus wants the Eee PC 900 out in the market this month in order to beat competing offerings from Acer and HP to the punch.

Eee PC 900 laptops will be larger than existing 700-series models, and they'll have roomier 8.9" displays with 1024 x 600 resolutions. The machines are expected to have more storage capacity, as well, and Asus has suggested that later iterations of the Eee PC 900 will incorporate Atom processors.

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