Asus has cleared the HD-decoding Eee PC Seashell 1005PR for takeoff, and it should be available through various stateside retail channels as we speak. The device went up for preorder late last month and features a Broadcom Crystal HD decoder chip along with a 10.1" 1366x768 display, allowing users to access high-def content while on the run.
Also under the hood is a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, a gig of RAM, 250GB of storage, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 0.3-megapixel webcam, and Windows 7 Starter. The 1005PR pledges up to 11 hours of life on a six-cell battery, which isn't too outlandish since it relies on Broadcom's chip for HD playback rather than a proper GPU, such as Nvidia's Ion.
It's supposedly shipping via authorized resellers with an MSRP of $399.99, but Amazon still has it flagged as a preorder item.