Since word started getting around about a desktop version of Asus' popular Eee PC low-cost notebook, Asus has showcased several systems that could bear the title. Among those are the Nova P20 and Digital Home System EP20, both small-form-factor desktop offerings with low-end hardware.
Chilehardware has now gotten hold of pictures and specifications for a third contender to the desktop Eee PC title. The machine will reportedly be dubbed Eee BOX B202, and it will sport an Intel Atom processor, an Intel 945-series chipset, 1GB of DDR2 memory, and a conventional 80GB hard drive. In keeping with the tradition of its Eee PC notebooks, Asus will pre-load a copy of Linux onto the Eee BOX. The whole system will weigh in at just 2.2 lbs (1 kg), and judging by the photos, it will look like a flatter version of Apple's Mac mini propped up on its side.
According to Chilehardware, Asus plans to unveil the Eee BOX 202 at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan early next month. Retail availability may not follow for a while, though, considering several months passed between the original Eee PC's Computex launch last year and its arrival in U.S. stores.