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.