The ASUS S101 is, despite being neither budget netbook nor all-capable ultraportable notebook, a source of constant obsession to many, and the company have now made it easier to see [via] whether you'll be able to actually buy one or merely admire from afar. At the moment it's all very Europe and Asia weighted, so to tide you over UMPC Fever have a full set of S101 unboxing photos.
It's turning into a whole day of the ASUS S101, but we can't quite get enough of what's proving to be ASUS' slickest netbook yet. After the live shots and the press shots, we now have the review; Mobile Computer Mag have the luxury netbook (an oxymoron, you'd think) on their bench, and put it through its paces compared to what lesser models have to offer.
We've seen live images but this press shot of the ASUS S101 is the first time I've seen the luxury "fashion" netbook in something other than brown - an acquired taste, to be sure. The ASUS Eee PC S101 is the company's high-end netbook, complete with an 18-25mm thick chassis, a minimum of 16GB SSD storage and an included 16GB SD card to boost that storage.
More press shots of the ASUS Eee PC S101 netbook after the cut
The ASUS S101 netbook went official last week and is already parading its super-skinny form to the admiring crowds. Engadget China grabbed some hands-on photos of ASUS' so-called luxury "fashion" netbook, and it certainly looks to be thinner - 18-25mm in fact - and a more mature design than we've seen in other ASUS budget ultraportables.
ASUS has officially announced the S101 netbook, its "fashion forward" model with higher specs than the traditional Eee PC range. The S101 has the usual 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU paired with a 10.2-inch WSVGA display with LED-backlight, SSD storage up to 64GB and WiFi 802.11n. It'll be available in brown, champagne and graphite.
ASUS' upcoming S101 netbook - which company CEO Jerry Shen insists is not an Eee - was expected to launch in September. Instead all we have is this recently discovered photo, which seems to picture the Atom-based ultraportable in its identity-confused phase as it still has the Eee logo on the lid.
The ASUS S101 that first showed up yesterday will not actually form a part of the Eee range, according to company president Jerry Shen. Despite the prototype he demonstrated having Eee branding, Shen confirmed that when the S101 launches in September it will be a standalone model. He also announced a new cloud storage service, called Eee Storage, and a download service, called Eee Download.
ASUS might be expecting 22-percent of their 2009 sales to come from netbooks, but that doesn't mean the company has forgotten about its mainstream notebook line. In fact, they still expect to ship more than twice that amount of notebook computers, 47-percent of total shipments, and it'll be made up of slick new machines like the rumored 12-inch ZX-series. Believed to fit in above the 10.2-inch ASUS Eee PC S101, the ZX-series will have comparable industrial design and super-skinny chassis, with a 16:10 aspect display and "similar functionality".
ASUS Eee PC S101 steal your heart but the current financial unpleasantness steal your cash? How about some of the "luxury" netbook's styling at a slightly more affordable price, in the shape of the ASUS Eee PC 1002HA. Weight and overall bulk is down compared to the 1000H, partly because the battery is also much reduced: apparently ASUS have gone for a two-cell, 4200mAh pack. Other specs are predictable: Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and 160GB hard-drive.
The ASUS S101 luxury netbook will launch in the US on November 1st, priced at $699. That's the latest news on the hotly-anticipated high-end Eee PC, which eschews the usual netbook frugality to instead offer basic internet, email and general connectivity in a super-portable package. Your $699 gets you a 0.75-inch thick chassis in "copper brown" or "graphite", both with chromed accents, while under the hood it's the usual 1.6GHz Atom and 1GB of RAM.