Eee PC to Get Intel's Diamondville, Hard Drives, and Fashion Forward Style
Asus’ Eee PC has become a low-cost laptop to reckon with. Everex has snuck up on the low-cost leader with the CloudBook, and other vendors are rumored to be releasing their own low-cost notebooks in the near future. Will Asus be able to maintain its lead in the market and not just be remembered for pioneering mainstream low-cost computing? Asus CEO Jerry Shen seems to think so and in fact has lots of plans up his sleeve for the triple-E machine. In our hour-long interview, Shen shared that the Eee PC will get:
- A 8.9-inch display and Windows XP: Confirming that the machine shown at CeBIT will come to market in April, the new Eee PC will have a 8.9-inch screen and a higher 1024 x 600-pixel resolution An 8GB SSD will be available running Windows XP. A 12GB or 20GB SSD model will be available with Xandros.
- Hard Drives: Asus is considering giving customers a choice between their current offering of solid state drives and regular hard drives in the future.
- Intel’s Diamondville: Shen revealed that the low-cost notebook platform will adopt Intel’s Diamondville processor in Q2 rather than VIA’s mobile computing platform.
- More Colors and Stylish Looks: In May or June, Asus will release “very stylish” versions of the Eee PC. Shen says they will have a New York City sleekness.