New Eee PC 1000HD features Celeron processor

Asus is cranking out Eee PCs like there's no tomorrow. After introducing the Eee PC 901, Eee PC 1000H, and setting the stage for upcoming 903 and 904 models, Asus has lifted the curtain on a new 1000HD laptop.

Somewhat puzzlingly, the Eee PC 1000HD looks like a version of the existing 1000H powered by an old Celeron processor instead of Intel's new Atom chip. Other specifications are largely the same: both systems feature 10" displays, 80GB hard drives, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 1.3-megapixel cameras, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and six-cell batteries. Whereas Asus rates the 1000H for up to seven hours of battery life, however, the 1000HD will apparently stay on for just five hours at best. The 1000HD also seems to lack Bluetooth support and Dolby Sound Room-certified audio.

Asus says the Eee PC 1000HD will come in black and white colors with a choice of Windows XP and Linux operating systems. The company hasn't announced pricing, but we'd expect the 1000HD to cost a little less than the now-$549.99 1000H.

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