8.9-inch Eee PCs to disappear this year

They’re small, light, and cheap, and they’ve been seducing cash-strapped users for months now. However, 8.9″ Eee PCs may also be about to disappear from store shelves and e-tail listings altogether. DigiTimes quotes Asus Asia-Pacific President Benson Lin as saying Asus will “completely phase out” Eee PCs with 8.9″ displays in 2009.

Why such a dramatic move? 10-inch models are “becoming the mainstream specification in the market,” according to Lin. DigiTimes says Asus expects 10″ Eee PCs to make up 95% of all its netbook shipments this year, with 7″ machines aimed at telecom companies accounting for the other 5%.

The popularity of 10″ Eee PCs isn’t a new phenomenon. When we whipped up a poll to ask readers for their favorite netbooks last September, the Eee PC 1000H got the most votes (18%), while only 5% of folks picked the Eee PC 901. Right now, 10″ Eee PC models are available for as little as $349.99 on Newegg, and going with a lower-specced 8.9″ machine only saves you 50 bucks. Both systems have the same display resolution of 1024×600, however.

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    • miken
    • 14 years ago

    I’m more interested in smaller than larger myself, but more screen area for the same case size is a win of course. IIRC, the 8.9″ models weren’t larger than the 7″ models, only more screen. Someone asked if the same were true for the 10″ vs. 8.9″ models, but I didn’t see any replies yet.

    Does anyone know what the *smallest* netbook is/was? Besides Sony & Fujitsu — I know about those micro-netbooks, and I really like them; just wondering if there are any other alternatives in the “sub-8.9-inch” category. Hopefully models with a proportional case, screen-to-edge, not just a 5″ screen on a 10″ bezel…

    • etilena
    • 14 years ago

    have one too, and it’s just the right weight and size for me as well. find the 10″ models a little on the heavy side.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 14 years ago

    i have a 901, perfect size

    • swaaye
    • 14 years ago

    I’m kinda on the fence on this. I have a 9″ Eee900 and have used a 10″. It seems to me that both are as usable, but that the 9″ is definitely even more portable.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 14 years ago

    Now that I think about it a little more you have to truly go out of your way to spend that much on 16MP. 2560×1600 = 4MP so that’s an average of $2k per monitor 😮 The only way to do that is get true professional NECs or Eizos. Those are some big photos to edit!

    • ludi
    • 14 years ago

    Uhm, you’re thinking about spending $8k on screens. Your tastes probably aren’t typical.

    The original 7″ EeePC was arguably a bit too small in some ways. However, the 9-10″ netbook models are selling extremely well and aren’t going anywhere as yet. Asus is abandoning the 9″ market because they don’t have much retail presence there — while competitors, noteably Acer, do.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 14 years ago

    The 6MP isn’t anything crazy, dual monitors could get there, but I’d like to see when he gets to 16MP.

    • eitje
    • 14 years ago

    agreed.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 14 years ago

    …so true

    • TechNut
    • 14 years ago

    I have one. I have the HP Mini 1035NR. The battery life is about 2.5 hours when you turn off the Bluetooth and the Webcam.

    It’s a nice little machine. I use it all the time for business. I looked at the others, but ultimately, I liked the style and HP brand. It runs Office just fine, and surfs the net ok. I did a 2GB memory upgrade to help it out a bit, and it was 20$ CDN for DD2-667 memory.

    The HP 2140 is actually the business version, and it’s slightly more expensive. However, it comes with more features, and is like a regular business laptop, just tiny. It has the ExpressCard slot, and some of the other goodies, you’d expect.

    If I had the choice, I’d go for the 2140, since it has a few more features at not that much higher price. The Mini however is great if you just want a quick, affordable get up and go machine from a big name PC vendor.

    • Hattig
    • 14 years ago

    Hmm. It’s okay if they’re fitting the 10 inches in the same case size as the previous 8.9″, ‘cos they did have large bezels. I’d rather see more 1280×800 10″ screens than 1024×600 however. Or even 1366×768 16:9 10″ screens.

    • Vasilyfav
    • 14 years ago

    All I can say to that is “DAMN!” Can you post pics of your awesome setup?

    • holophrastic
    • 14 years ago

    Yeah.
    Step 1: Oooh look, small computers that are small! Let’s buy them!
    Step 2: Oooh look, less small is better than more small.
    Step 3: Hey look, now they come big!

    I’m sitting with over 6 megapixels of screen real-estate. And I’m shooting for over 16 just as soon as I can find another $8K to spend on screens. What the hell would I do with 0.6 megapixels? My 486 had more, and that was almost 20 years ago!

    • Voldenuit
    • 14 years ago

    Coming Soon, the 15.4″ Eee PC!

    • trinibwoy
    • 14 years ago

    That’s deep.

    • demani
    • 14 years ago

    I haven’t looked recently- are they about the same size physically? If that’s the case then I don’t see the big deal. But if not that seems crazy.

    • bacondreamer
    • 14 years ago

    ::palmface::

    • pikaporeon
    • 14 years ago

    I love my EEE901; glad i got it before the phaseout i guess.

    • ludi
    • 14 years ago

    Acer has knocked them down and stolen their lunch money in the 8.9″ market. For now, they still have an advantage in the 10″ market.

    • bthylafh
    • 14 years ago

    Are you goatse?

    I’ll get my coat.

    • srg86
    • 14 years ago

    If the price on the 10″ models doesn’t come down to that of the 8.9″ ones after they’ve been phased out, then EeePCs have lost their purpose imho.

    • bthylafh
    • 14 years ago

    Did they already discontinue the 7″ models?

    • ludi
    • 14 years ago

    Delicious, nutritious bananas!

    Wait, what?

    • 5150
    • 14 years ago

    I can make MY 8.9-inch disappear too.

    edit: You guys are sick.

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