Good bye, Palm and Foleo! The Asus Eee
Most of you already know that Asus manufactures just about anything, from computer cases to high-end designer laptops.
Since Palm has started going downhill, we have all been awaiting a launch, that has ultimately proven itself to be useless and uninspired. So uninspired in fact that we didn’t even cover it.
This time, Asus has announced a device that will render the Foleo obsolete and pose a better (and commercially available) alternative to the OLPC for all of us drooling after it.
The Eee (Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience; Excellent mobile computing experience) is a small and light computer built on an Intel platform.
Besides being able to run Linux or Windows like a normal laptop, it can switch to an ‘Easy Mode’ and run a stripped down, custom OS. This way you get a far better battery life but end up with a browsing device instead.
Here are some hard specs:
- 7” widescreen display
- only 0.89kg in weight
- multiple communication choices: WiFi 802.11b/g, 100 Mbps Ethernet, 56K Modem
- 4,8 or 16 GB of storage – SSD only
- 512 MB of DDR2-RAM, and Intel processor and graphics chip
- integrated webcam and speakers
- High Definition audio output
- Small: 22.5 x 16.5 x 2.1~3.5cm
- 3hrs of endurance with Linux/Windows, more in the basic mode
Pretty decent specs, right?
Well, add to the fact its going to come at a low price, too, with prices starting from $200. And, unlike it’s competition, it won’t be pushed via government programs, but it will be freely available for purchase. This should really be a lesson to OLPC and the likes.
Hopefully Asus will keep to their tradition and this will be of the same excellent quality they’ve spoiled us with until now. I can’t wait to get my hands on a device that’s so affordable, small and useful.
Official page, via I4U.