Asus slaps the Eee brand on a $199 neo-netbook with Win8.1

Didn't I say netbooks were making a comeback? Well, I don't know what else you'd call this development. Engadget has the dirt on Asus' newly announced EeeBook X205, a $199 Windows 8.1 laptop that bears the iconic netbook brand name.

According to this report, the EeeBook X205 has an 11.6" 1366x768 display, an Atom T3735 processor, 2GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of built-in flash storage, and two years of cloud storage subscriptions adding up to 300GB. The battery is rated for up to 12 hours of web browsing, and the system weighs 2.16 lbs, or 980 g.

The EeeBook X205 will reportedly be available "some time between late Q3 and early Q4 this year." I'd expect it see in stores in time for Christmas, in other words.

The first machine to bear the Eee brand was the Eee PC, which launched in June 2007. It featured a 7" screen, a Linux-based operating system, 2-4GB of flash storage, and up to 3.5 hours of battery life. Asus subsequently introduced 9" Windows-powered Eee PCs, which set the stage for several years of netbook popularity. These days, the Eee brand is connected chiefly to Asus' line of convertible Android tablets.

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