updated 02:55 pm EST, Mon March 1, 2010
ASUS to show five new EeePCs at CeBIT
Four new generation EeePC Seashell netbooks from ASUS were spotted ahead of the official opening of the CeBIT show, including the 1001PQ, 1201PN, 1015P, 1016P and 1018P, the latter two of which were leaked last week. The 1018P replaces the 1008P as the flagship EeePC netbook, and most notably has a USB 3.0 connection. Processing power comes from an Intel N455 or N475 Atom chip, which has not been seen before and likely involves an increased clock speed.
Other hardware specs include 1 to 2GB of RAM, a 250GB or 320GB hard drive and 500GB of cloud storage. Besides the 10-inch display, it carries built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with Bluetooth 3.0 as an option. Security comes through a fingerprint reader as well as Syncables Desktop software for backing up data. Like the others, it features a brushed aluminum chassis that is only 0.7 inches thick. Its 4,400MAh battery is rated at 10 hours of life.
Next up, the 1016P has a matte aluminum finish that's been painted black and is more resistant to dirt and fingerprints. Meant for business users, the 1016P can be had with a 1.66GHz dual-core Atom or the unknown N455 or N475. There will be 1GB or 2GB of RAM, a 160GB or 320GB hard drive and the same 10.1-inch screen as the 1018P. Wireless is very similar and includes the option of Bluetooth 3.0. An optional six-cell, 6,300mAh battery is rated at 14 hours, but a three-cell pack is available to provide five hours in return for less weight.
The 1015P is largely the same as the 1016P but has a more traditional, all-plastic construction and without the option of Bluetooth 3.0 or a larger, 320GB hard drive.
The 1201PN is a multimedia PC, and as such sports a larger 12.1-inch LED-backlit screen with a 1366x768 resolution; more importantly, it carries the NVIDIA Ion 2 chipset for playing back 1080p videos either on its own display or through HDMI. NVIDIA's Optimus software will let the netbook switch to Intel's integrated graphics for more mundane tasks to save battery power. Processing comes from Intel's dual-core Atom with a 1.66GHz clock speed. Behind the satin aluminum finish is 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive and the same 500GB of cloud storage. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 are integrated.
Finally, the EeePC 1001PQ is meant for use by children, and is largely based on the technical specs of the current 10.1-inch 1001P. This means a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. It will be available in two-tone yellow/black and purple/black color schemes. Intel's integrated graphics handle the output of the 1024x600 resolution display. It otherwise touts a VGA camera, an SD card reader and Wi-Fi. A six-cell battery is claimed to last for up to 11 hours.
The underlying operating system is Windows XP, though the target audience will use the Eee PC through ASUS' custom Magic Desktop suite; it provides a more secure environment on the Internet and gives parents control. Included programs will allow for web browsing, word processing, math and spelling practice, music education, image playback and drawing. E-mails can only be sent to addresses preauthorized by parents, and the same is true of websites.
Despite the early peek at these new Eee PCs, ASUS has not yet officially unveiled them, but is expected to do so tomorrow. Updates with pricing and release dates will be posted if and when the information becomes available. [via Notebook Italia]