Asus announces UK date for new Eee PCs

Two new versions of the popular low-cost subnotebook will go on sale in the UK at the start of July
Written by David Meyer, Contributor

The latest versions of the Eee PC will become available in the UK on 1 July, Asus announced on Thursday.

Both based on Intel's low-power 1.6GHz Atom processor, the Eee 901 and 1000 should have better battery life than their predecessors, especially as they feature six-cell 6600mAh batteries as opposed to the Eee 900's much-derided four-cell 4400mAh default battery. They also include both Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, unlike the Wi-Fi-only Eee 900 and 701.

The Eee 901 has an 8.9-inch display and the Eee 1000 has a 10-inch display, but both feature a resolution of 1,024x600 pixels. Both models come with a gigabyte of RAM, and are available in Linux or Windows flavours.

As with the Eee 900, the Linux Eee 901 has 20GB of solid-state storage while the Windows version has 12GB. With the Eee 1000, however, it is the Windows version that has more storage — 80GB of hard drive versus 40GB for the Linux version. Both models come with 20GB of free, encrypted online storage.

The Eee 901 will come with a recommended retail price of £319 — £10 less than the Eee 900 cost at launch. The price for the Eee 1000 has not yet been announced.

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