Asus reveals specs, pricing for Eee 904 and 1000

The new models both use a larger chassis than earlier iterations of the Eee PC and are therefore also heavier

Asus has released the final specifications and UK pricing for its two new Eee PC models, the 904 and the 1000.

The Eee 1000 is Asus's long-awaited extension of the Eee line into 10-inch-screen territory, and brings the company up against rivals' devices, such as the MSI Wind. Because the chassis of the Eee 1000 is larger than other netbooks in the line, it can accommodate a larger keyboard.

The Eee 904 is effectively the Eee 900 in the chassis of the Eee 1000, larger keyboard included. Like the smaller Eee 900, the 904 has an 8.9-inch screen and uses a Celeron processor rather than the low-powered Atom processor used in the 1000 and the 901.

Despite their differing screen sizes, both the 1000 and the 904 have a screen resolution of 1,024 by 600 pixels. They also both come with six-cell batteries and built-in webcams, and use a gigabyte of RAM.

The 904 comes only in a Windows XP flavour and has an 80GB hard drive and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connectivity. Because of the larger chassis, it weighs 1.36kg. The Windows XP version of the 1000 also uses an 80GB hard drive and weighs 1.45kg. The Linux version of the 1000 has a 40GB solid-state drive and weighs 1.33kg. Earlier iterations of the Eee netbooks weighed in at around 1kg or less.

Both versions of the 1000 have 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

As for pricing, the Eee 904 will cost £269. The Linux version of the Eee 1000 will cost £369, while the XP version will cost £349. An Asus spokesperson told on Thursday that the Eee 1000 was "with distributors already", while the 904 will be on shelves in about a week's time.

The £269 Eee 904, which comes only in a Windows XP flavour, is effectively the Eee 900 in the chassis of the Eee 1000


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