Earlier this year, during CES in Las Vegas, Asus first unveiled a novel netbook concept of sorts that saw an entire computer stuffed inside a keyboard with a 5 inch display built-in. The prototype apparently generated some buzz among attendees at the show and on the web, to which the company responded with an announcement later on that the Eee Keyboard was indeed going into production, tentatively launching around May or June. Now they have reconfirmed those plans, with an official launch scheduled for early June at Computex 2009.
According to a recent report from Engadget China, the device is expected to deliver specifications similar to those in previous reports, including an integrated 800x480 touch-screen display, 16 or 32GB SSD, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HDMI-out. It is also expected to come with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, potentially the Z520, paired with 1GB of RAM and possibly even wireless HDMI capabilities in the top-end model.
Prices should range from $400 to around $600, but we’ll have to wait for an official announcement on that. Although the Eee Keyboard will officially launch at Computex, shipments are not expected to begin until the end of June, so gadget lovers and home theater PC fans alike will still have to wait a few more weeks to get their hands on one of these.