The new Eee PC 901 offers a 8.9-inch screen, while the 1000 and 1000H models boast 10-inch screens and a more comfortable keyboard that is 92% the size of generic notebooks. Furthermore, the Eee PCs come with a built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam and will be available on both Windows and GNU Linux platforms.
Spec-wise, the 901 model is basically the same as its 900 sibling with an update to the form factor and CPU – which has been replaced with Intel’s new Atom chip. The 1000s are still a bit of mystery, though they are expected to offer some sort of WiMAX and 3G connectivity as well as 2GB RAM, SSD storage and a traditional hard disk option for the 1000H model. The SSD unit comes with 40GB and runs on Linux while the H version will come 80GB with Windows XP preinstalled.
Pricing and availability for the new Eee PCs are still up in the air, but with MSI’s 10-inch Wind sub-notebook starting at $399 Asus now faces some serious competition and may want to revise its prices in order to stay competitive.