The Asus £100 Eee PC 701 Laptop was announced yesterday at Computex by Asus chairman Jonney Shih. If it launches as promised, and there’s no immediate indication that this is vapourware, then it’ll be a real shocker to the industry. History has shown that the public flock to low cost computers which offer basic but competent functionality (anyone remember the Amstrad PCW Computer?). The specs are not yet all out there, but it’s Linux powered (what else eh?), has a 2GB solid state disk and 512 MB RAM. Wow. [Update: It’s called the Eee PC 701, the dimensions are: 22.5 x 16.5 x 2.1~3.5cm, 0.89kg, it’s XP compatible but runs Linux on an Intel Mobile CPU and comes with Wi-Fi and a camera, up to 16 GB of flash memory and a battery life of 3 hours. More here.]
Asus chairman Jonney Shih sprang a surprise during Intel’s Computex keynote today with the announcement of a $189 laptop. The notebook measures roughly 120 x 100 x 30mm (WDH) and weighs only 900g. We saw the notebook boot in 15 seconds from its solid-state hard disk. The huge auditorium then burst into applause as Shih revealed the astounding price tag. Dubbed the 3ePC, Shih claimed the notebook is the ‘lowest cost and easiest PC to use’. As the crowds rushed the stage, we sneaked off to the Asus stand to take a closer look.