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.
the new asus eee
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:

  1. 7” widescreen display
  2. only 0.89kg in weight
  3. multiple communication choices: WiFi 802.11b/g, 100 Mbps Ethernet, 56K Modem
  4. 4,8 or 16 GB of storage – SSD only
  5. 512 MB of DDR2-RAM, and Intel processor and graphics chip
  6. integrated webcam and speakers
  7. High Definition audio output
  8. Small: 22.5 x 16.5 x 2.1~3.5cm
  9. 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.

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