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ASUS is clearly determined to make its Eee portfolio reach as many users as possible. We've seen a myriad of new SKUs and initiatives from the company over these past few months and today, comes another.
What ASUS calls the 'Ultimate Travel Companion' is, its Eee PC 901 with 3.75G technology support. What makes this exciting is, in theory, high speed Internet access without being tied to wireless hotspots. With service providers taking up 3.75G HSUPA, it is believed that users will be able to rely on a high speed Internet access in many areas of the world.
The company appears to be pandering to the needs of frequent travellers and aims, to take the headache out of Internet access.
As can be expected, 3.75G support, together with operational speeds, will be dependent on the operator in question. Yet, this is a welcome step forward from ASUS and we should expect the first appearance of 3.75G to be in Eee PC 901 systems released to the market from October.
If you've been struggling to make a decision on which netbook is the one for you, it's certainly not about to get any easier. Toshiba are further saturating the market with their own new model which in typical fashion carries specs not unlike what we're used to seeing.
Dubbed the NB100, this sleek little unit uses an 8.9" screen with a resolution of 1024x600 and runs Intels 1.6GHz Atom N270 at the heart. Other features mentioned include a little 0.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g WiFi and an array of USB, VGA, audio and Ethernet ports. Options come in the form of 1 to 2GB system memory and up to 120GB storage capacity.
If the "Cosmic Black" theme doesn't do it for you, perhaps one of the other two will; these being "Champagne Gold" and "Bright Silver". Both Linux (Ubuntu 8.04) and Windows XP operating systems can also be chosen when purchasing the NB100.
Reg Hardware reports the NB100 to be going on sale as of next month at a price of around $380 USD.
MSIs Notebook Product Manager Neo Lin has let loose a few details on the companys upcoming U91 and U120 netbooks during an interview with Impress a short time ago.
As the direct successor to the U90, the U91 sports an 8.9" screen whilst the bolder U120 uses a 10". Both netbooks will also offer HSDPA connectivity.
Apparently MSI put serious consideration into going with VIAs Nano platform for these netbooks, but decided to go the Intel route instead with a chance of going with the dual-core Atom 330 (providing the battery guzzling issue can be rectified somehow).
2GB was briefly mentioned as being the likely amount of memory to be found in the U120; no mention of actual specs or how/if the U90 will be under-cut in some of these areas. 2GB memory will mean Vista is enforced due to ULPC constraints, which some won't be enthralled about, i'm sure.
You can read the full interview with more tid bits here.
Our good friend Mario Gastelum sent out a press release today announcing yet another 10-inch netbook from the folks at Smoothcreations.
This new baby is called the "Wedge" since it will supposedly, err wedge, into any tight place. It features the usual kick ass Smoothcreations paint job with several scary-looking skulls on the front under the keyboard and a large single skull on the back side of the screen.
The "Wedge" netbook is powered by an Intel Atom CPU at 1.6, with a 120 GB Hard drive, and 1.0 GB of Gskill memory, built in wireless, along with a nice 10 inch display. The CEO of SmoothCreations, Jim Saling, the "Wedge" netbook was designed to be a reliable on-the-go mobile solution for professionals, business people, students and ordinary folks that want a compact yet powerful mobile computer solution. The "Wedge" netbook is reliable, compact and affordable. To the enlightenment of pc users - the "Wedge" netbooks come pre-installed with Windows XP and are also available with Vista.
Wedge netbooks are available now for immediate delivery and if you want to go all out, custom artwork designs, configurations, and upgrades are available. Each "Wedge" netbook is custom painted and serialized. You can grab one for around $500 USD, from what we were told.
You can find more details on the Wedge netbook over at the press release which we uploaded, right here.
Smoothcreations has just announced its Smoothbook "Slice" netbook and according to the press release we received, it gets its name since the notebook as thick as two slices of bread. Interesting logic right there but whatever works.
Each 8.9-inch Slice netbook is custom painted, comes with an Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.6GHz along with a 100GB hard drive and 1.5GB of RAM from GSkill. It comes pre-installed with Windows XP but you can also have the option of Vista if that is more to your style. We don't have many other details at this stage.
At press time there were no details on pricing, but is said to be available for purchase now from Smoothcreations and NCIX.
Sony has announced a voluntary recall of several VAIO series notebooks after receiving customer reports of overheating, including one of a customer suffering minor burns.
Affected models fall into the VGN-TZ100, VGN-TZ200, VGN-TZ300 and VGN-TZ2000 series. If you have one of these you should stop using your notebook immediately and contact the company to see if you need a repair, even though Sony says only a small number of units are affected.
Sony describes the issue as a wiring problem that could lead to overheating particularly around the notebook's hinge.
Sony is offering free on-site inspection and, if necessary, repair. Alternatively you can ship the notebook to a company service center.
You can find more information including contact details here.
Here's one for the nostalgia freaks, the once mighty Commodore name is set to rise again, this time as a 10" netbook.
Those of us who honed our early tweak skills in front of brown on beige keyboards, typing PEEK and POKE commands out of magazines, and loading software from cassette tapes, the Commodore UMMD 8010/F is likely at least stand out among likes of the Eee and Wind, even though its only link to the VIC 20, C64 and Amiga is its name.
The netbook also sets itself appart from the majority on the hardware front with its use of Via's 1.6GHz C7M CPU rather than the Intel Atom. Whether this was due to costs, availability or something else we're not sure, but it does mean we may see future models supporting the impressive Via Nano.
Other specs include the previously mentioned 10" screen, 1GB RAM, 80GB hard drive, Ethernet and Wi-Fi, and optional Bluetooth. A card reader, VGA out and USB ports are also included. Available colours are black, white, grey and pink (what is it with manufactures and pink netbooks?)
Pricing is said to start at £325, with Windows XP and Linux versions available. Sadly no mention of an Amiga OS4.0 option as yet.
During NVISION, NVIDIA's fancy new show held just the week after IDF, Scott over at Tech Report managed to get his hands on Gigabyte's upcoming M912V netbook - he even managed to get some Gigabyte booth babes to pose for the photo and that is the type of thing we like to encourage.
The girls are suited up in skimpy pink outfits... oh crap - focus on the tech side of it! Yes, err, well it has an Intel Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel webcam as well as three USB 2.0 ports. Specs wise that should put it right up against most new ASUS Eee PC and performs pretty close to each other.
Where the M912V netbook excels is that it features a 8.9" screen with 1280x768 resolution and it is touch-sensitive, swivels 180 degrees and even folds down for tablet-style usage. According to the report, "The M912V is slated to ship next month, and will be coming to North America at a starting price of $799. The demo unit we saw had a 160GB mobile hard drive, although up to 250GB is possible. The OS choices should include the tablet edition of Windows XP and Windows Vista Basic. Prices should drop once the M912V settles into the market, although the initial price tag doesn't seem too bad considering the functionality involved. This is no cut-rate laptop, but it is a pretty well-appointed ultraportable tablet PC for well under a grand. Gigabyte may even integrate an antenna and digital TV receiver into a future version of this netbook to further sweeten the deal."
There is plenty more information and pictures over here.
Dell is making a concerted effort to attack ASUS' Eee Portfolio, according to this report from Engadget.
Citing this article from DIGITIMES, it is claimed that Compal Electronics, the beneficiary of Dell outsourcing the production of over two million notebooks in Q3, will also be working with a 10" netbook, expected to launch in October.
Previous indications suggested, that Dell's E-Series netbook offerings would consist of 8.9" and 12.1" iterations, however it appears that the company is striving to broaden the horizons and desirability of its new range by dabbling, in some diversification.
Round Rock, TX based Dell, clearly expects to ruffle feathers at Apple and ASUS, with the 10" model being associated with monthly shipment figures in the region of 400,000 to 450,000.
With the E-Series looking rather dashing, it seems apparent that this market segment is about to get that little bit more crowded and it will take not only brains, but also brawn, to succeed.
ASUS is getting trendy and upmarket with its Eee portfolio.
Aiming to now tap in to a more sophisticated segment of its intended marketplace, the Eee PC S101 has now been, revealed, thanks to HKEPC.
Going for a slick colour palate choice, the Eee PC S101 will clearly turn heads and may even, end up dropping the Eee PC name tag, causing ASUS to diverse, yet again, from a more boutique-like viewpoint.
Taking the limelight from its, current, Eee PC 901 sibling, it is immediately apparent that ASUS has accomplished a feat by slimming the thickness of the S101, down, to between 16 and 21 millimetres. This does not prevent the S101 from touting its 10.2" display, or drawing attention to itself with its SSD storage options.
Expected to be fuelled by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU paired with an Intel 945 GME solution, storage capacity will come courtesy of either, as already mentioned, SSD solutions of 32 GB or 64 GB. This will place the S101 at either a $699 or $899 price point, depending on the storage capacity chosen.
ASUS is clearly upping the ante in its quest against Apple, with the S101 appearing to openly challenge the domination of Apple's MacBook Air.
That isn't all however. In proving its commitment to the Eee brand, DIGITIMES reports that ASUS has launched Eee Storage and Eee Download initiatives, both to provide Eee PC users with added functionality.
Eee Download offers a choice of roughly 3000 game and software titles for Eee PC users to utilise, with compliments. This is a stepping stone, apparently, to the establishment of an online store that will allow Eee PC users to download, amongst other content, music.
Notably, whilst the service will initially be available to the Chinese-language market, it will be rolled out not only to the rest of the Eee PC segment but also, it is claimed, to other ASUS notebook and motherboard lines too.
Eee Storage, as its name indicates, provides Eee PC users with 20 GB of online storage capacity, providing drag-and-drop functionality, for ease of use.