When it introduced its Eee PC 901 and Eee PC 1000 subnotebooks this morning, Asus mentioned few details beyond the machines' screen sizes and their Intel Atom processors. The company has now hooked us up with detailed specifications for both systems, shedding light on exactly how these newcomers differ from existing Celeron-based Eee PCs.
Asus' spec sheet tells us there will be at least two flavors of the Eee PC 1000. One will have a 40GB solid-state drive, a six-cell battery with "4.2 ~ 7.5" hours of battery life, and a copy of Linux pre-installed. Meanwhile, the Eee PC 1000H will have an 80GB mechanical hard drive, "3.2 ~ 7" hours of battery life, and a choice of Windows XP Home Edition or Linux OSes. At 3.2 lbs (1.45 kg), the 1000H will be slightly heavier than the 2.9-lb (1.33-kg) 1000, as well. Asus hints at more than two models by mentioning "10/10.2" as the display size for both variants.
Moving down the line to the Eee PC 901, Asus' new 8.9" laptop will come out in two flavors: one with Windows XP and a 12GB SSD, and the other with Linux and a 20GB SSD. Both systems will weigh 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg) and have six-cell batteries with "4.2 ~ 7.8" hours of battery life. Other features in the bag of tricks for all Atom-based Eee PCs include 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory (1GB for the Eee PC 901), 1.3-megapixel cameras, and high-definition audio output.
We're still missing one major puzzle piece: prices. Asus told us it still hasn't settled on pricing for the new Eees, but we'll post an update as soon as it does. Right now, the company seems to be busy taking goofy PR photos, as you'll see in the image gallery below.