Asus EeePC successor with 8.9 inch display to be announced at CeBIT

Asus EeePC successor with 8.9 inch display to be announced at CeBIT

Summary: I just recently bought a Fujitsu U810 UMPC to serve as my mobile computing device, but have been seriously looking at the Asus EeePC as another alternative for my daily 2+ hour commuting needs. Engadget has pics of the Asus EeePC 900 that is supposed to be officially announced tomorrow at the CeBIT show in Germany. DailyTech also has a few more details, including a photo of the new model. The Asus EeePC 900 looks very similar to the current EeePC, but has an 8.9 inch display (current model has a 7 inch display) and up to 12GB of internal flash memory. Apparently, this new model may launch at a cost of EUR399 this summer. I'll keep my eye out for the press release that should have more details on the specifications.

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Asus EeePC successor with 8.9 inch display to be announced at CeBIT soonI just recently bought a Fujitsu U810 UMPC to serve as my mobile computing device, but have been seriously looking at the Asus EeePC as another alternative for my daily 2+ hour commuting needs. Engadget has pics of the Asus EeePC 900 that is supposed to be officially announced tomorrow at the CeBIT show in Germany. DailyTech also has a few more details, including a photo of the new model. The Asus EeePC 900 looks very similar to the current EeePC, but has an 8.9 inch display (current model has a 7 inch display) and up to 12GB of internal flash memory. Apparently, this new model may launch at a cost of EUR399 this summer. I'll keep my eye out for the press release that should have more details on the specifications.

My only concerns with buying a current model is the 800x480 resolution and lack of Bluetooth. 1024x600 is really the minimum resolution to be acceptable for web browsing without constant scrolling and I need Bluetooth to connect to my 3G mobile phones for connectivity. I am also very happy with the 4+ hours of battery life on my Fujitsu U810. Do you have an Asus EeePC and would you recommend it?

UPDATE: According to more news coming out of CeBIT, this newer model will have a 1024x600 resolution display (YEAH!), drives that range from 8GB to 12GB, and optional Bluetooth (YEAH!) and WiMax wireless modules. I'll have to see if the device is starting to get too large now, but it sure sounds like an attractive offering from Asus.

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  • I have one ...

    ... it's a black 4G model that I' ve been using since Christmas. Overall the computer is great with fast boot times, very snappy response, and everything "just works". For the average user it has everything you could need in a complete lightweight portable package. I did upgrade the memory to 1 gig for about $21.00 after rebate.

    Unfortunately being a Linux person the limited nature of the custom Xandros installation it's just not enough for my taste so I'm going to install some flavor of Ubuntu with either the KDE or Xfce desktop. I sure wouldn't install XP on the unit since the extra overheard with virus scanning and protection would just weigh it down killing the performance.

    So if you need a very small lightweight notebook to send email, browse the web, listen to media, and write some documents then the EeePC is probable all you need.
    MisterMiester
  • I don't have one... Yet.

    I seriously want one though. Although I'd rather pay less, $600 for the 9" display and gig of RAM isn't unreasonable for the tiny size. I really hate carrying a full size laptop in a backpack while traveling. A 2 pound book size machine would be perfect.
    Steve Summers
  • RE: Asus EeePC successor with 8.9 inch display to be announced at CeBIT

    I've had my 4G for about 2 1/2 months, great travel machine, small enough to be safe on an airline seat tray even with the seat in front reclined, a little hard to type that way, my arms are too long for the coach seat pitch.

    Overall machine is useful and fun, I've tried stock and several flavors of Linux, as well as XP. Only real problems I've had with Xandros is on some thumb drives, it says I don't have permissions to write to the drive. As a Linux newbee it has been a real education, but only because I tried to do things other than just USE the machine. For normal use, it is simple and straight forward, and aside from that thumb drive write permissions, it is a joy.

    Yes, the larger display and hard drive would be nice, but I have this one and it is fine for me. No laptop has adequate battery life for everyone, but I get 2 1/2 to 3 hours. It fits in a DVD player bag or insulated nylon lunch bag.
    TelecomPower
    • Format on the drive?

      What's the format on the pen drive? If it's NTFS the custom Xandros OS on the EeePC doesn't have the NTFS-3g drivers installed for read-write, so you have read only access.

      Just for my own curiosity I tried to install the NTFS-3g read-write driver from Debian, but it wouldn't install due to library differences.
      MisterMiester
  • Now it's coming...

    That's a lot closer to what I've been wanting. I'd like a 10" display but I can live with a 9", especially if the keyboard isn't as cramped. Hopefully I can install Debian 4+KDE 4 on it :)

    Looking foward to mine.

    - Kc
    kcredden2
    • Of course you can

      [i]Hopefully I can install Debian 4+KDE 4 on it.[i/]

      The default Xandros install is... take a guess? Debian etch derived with the KDE 3.4.2 desktop. ;)
      MisterMiester
  • RE: Asus EeePC successor with 8.9 inch display to be announced at CeBIT

    I have one and I love it. I installed XP with nlite, upgraded the memory to 1 gig and it works great. It is easy to travel with, rugged, inexpensive, and does what I need. The screen size is a problem sometimes but I installed compact themes, and fonts so I usually don?t need to scroll around. The bigger HD and screen would help.

    I recommend this computer but I would be tempted to wait 6 months because I think that there will be a lot of competition for similar small, cheap notebooks.
    KLS 12.5
  • eee PC w/ 4 gig

    I own the 4 gig version.

    I loaded XP Home... I remove all the hotfix files after install from the windows folder, as well as the hidden uninstall folders.

    With a minimal Office XP install I get 1 gig free on the internal 4 GIG SSD drive.

    I also purchased 4 gig SD card and loaded Streets and Trips. It makes a handy GPS platform while traveling.

    The screen isn't an issue at all for anything I use. I set my taskbar to autohide and everything seems to just (barely) fit.


    Improvements:

    Bluetooth
    8 GIG SSD as standard. 4 is a bit too small.
    croberts
  • RE: Asus EeePC successor with 8.9 inch display to be announced at CeBIT

    I think price will be a factor here. Full blown laptops can be had for as little as $400.00 these days (admittedly they're not as small).

    The original $300 2GB EeePC was really genius, and the $400 model with the webcam also was priced decently. If the new models are more like $500 and $600, I'm not sure how well they'll compete against their larger but equally priced big brothers.
    pkatz
  • All thanks to OLPC!!

    Great to see all of the options for cheap little computers.
    DonnieBoy
  • RE: Asus EeePC successor with 8.9 inch display to be announced at CeBIT

    Just what I've been waiting for! I tried the original EEEPC with Linux OS and found it so easy to use ... so light .. so fast!Even You Tube plays with no problem. Thanks ASUS - Now I can replace my PDAs and Mobile phone web surfing - they just don't get it right!
    jstom98
  • RE: Asus EeePC successor with 8.9 inch display to be announced at CeBIT

    Hi; Would you please tell me where you bought your 1 gig memory upgrade for $21.00 AFTER REBATE, name of manufacture, model # etc. I now need more memory in my Eeepc. Thank you for sharing and your help. tedkramer@optonline.net
    tedkramer