Eee S101 will be stylish, may be cheaper than expected

In August, pictures and details of an upcoming Eee PC S101 surfaced on Asian rumor sites. Those sites said the machine had the same guts as Asus' other Eee PCs, but with a more stylish external design and an inflated price tag.

The guys at Bit-Tech have now taken a closer look at the system, and they've posted a three-page article with plenty of photos and official details. The system they manhandled had a glossy "burnt orange" lid, an aluminum palm rest, and a slim profile with a thickness of just 0.71-0.98" (18-25 mm). Reportedly, Asus aims the Eee PC S101 at "corporate types that want the portability of an Eee, but want something a bit more stylish." That's probably why the machine comes in a leather-trimmed suede wallet, too.

Aside from its flashy design, the S101 has much in common with the Eee PC 1000: a 10" 1024x600 display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.0. However, the S101 has 32GB of storage split between a 16GB SSD and a 16GB SD card, and it packs a 4,900mAh battery instead of the 1000's 6,600mAh unit. Weight-wise, the S101 tips the scales at 2.3 lbs (1.07 kg), compared to 2.94 lbs for the Eee PC 1000 and 3.2 lbs for the hard-drive-toting 1000H.

Interestingly, while rumor sites quoted prices between $699 and $899 for the S101, Bit-Tech says the system will actually cost just £30 ($53) more than the Eee PC 1000H. That's £399 in British pounds, but pricing could end up around the $500 mark in the U.S. if the difference between the S101 and 1000H stays the same on the other side of the Atlantic.

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