Asia Express - Computing
Asus Eee PC Makes Market Debut
October 19, 2007
Taiwan-based Asus launched on October 16 the first four models of its new low-cost Eee PC: 8G, 4G, 4G Surf and 2G Surf. The appellation Eee stands for "Easy to Learn, Easy to Work, Easy to Play". Each model features a seven-inch display, Intel CPU (Central Processing Unit) and chipset, Linux system and hardware compatible with Windows XP, as well as built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. Furthermore, the Asus Eee PC boasts a user-friendly, intuitive graphic interface, along with a suite of software applications for web browsing, documents, and e-mails.

The pricing of Eee PCs currently ranges from US$299 to US$399. The US$399 model is equipped with 8Gb SSD (Solid-State Drive) and 1Gb RAM (Random Access Memory), while the $299 model features 2GB SSD and 256Mb RAM. A US$199 model is expected to be available in the future, targeting the large-scale tenders of governments and educational institutions. The second-generation Eee PC based on Microsoft's Menlow MID (Mobile Internet Device) platform is slated for launch in the second quarter of 2008.

By year-end 2007, Asus expects to ship an initial batch of 200,000 Eee PCs. For full-year 2008, Asus projects an overall shipment volume of three million to five million units.