We may have already seen unboxing photos of the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell, but if you're a fan of those new fangled moving-pictures then you've likely been waiting for an unboxing video. Happily Notebook Italia have delivered, with a good overview of the netbook and its accessories.
Unboxing video after the cut
Back when the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA cleared the FCC in early April, what we didn't know was that the company's confidentiality agreement had hidden away the usual array of external and internal photos. That agreement is obviously up, however, as a flock of breakdown shots together with the "Seashell" netbook's user manual have appeared on the FCC site.
The ASUS Eee PC 1008HA "Shell" doesn't get its official UK release until May 15th, but that hasn't stopped Electricpig from unboxing the 1-inch thick netbook. ASUS' economy-friendly netbook alternative to the MacBook Air, the 1008HA is a mere £379 ($570) for what the company claims is their thinnest Eee PC yet.
ASUS' prince among netbooks, the Eee PC 1008HA "Shell", is beginning to show up for pre-order at various UK retailers. The rumor had been that the 1-inch thick Atom netbook would land in the UK sometime during April, but right now there doesn't seem to be a consensus among stores: estimates at Amazon are still putting it 1-2 months away, while the BT Shop suggests just 1-2 weeks.
The ASUS Eee PC 1008HA "Shell" netbook has passed through the FCC, on the way to what we hope is an imminent release in the US. Announced at CeBIT back in March, the Eee PC 1008HA is an ultra-thin 25.7mm netbook with an Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz processor, 160GB hard-drive and 1GB of RAM.
UK pricing for the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA has been announced, with the ultracompact netbook believed to come in at £359. The netbook - which measures one-inch thick and uses Intel's Atom N280 processor, together with a 10-inch LED backlit display - is expected to arrive in the UK sometime during April.
We can't quite get enough of the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Shell here at CeBIT 2009; the super-skinny 1-inch netbook keeps us coming back for more. Today we stopped by to check out not only its textured chassis but the new ASUS Eee Docking bar, which promises one-click access to the growing list of ASUS Eee-family services.
Eee PC Docking Bar screenshot after the cut
Somehow no matter how many cores other laptops may have, the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA stands out as perhaps the central star of CeBIT 2009. The ultraskinny laptop, like the S101 before it, almost defies inclusion in ASUS' "budget" netbook range. After the cut, full specifications of the 1008HA and a live demo video.
We're still waiting to get some hands-on shots with the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Shell at CeBIT, but until then the official press shots of this super-slinky netbook will keep us ticking over. ASUS are making it very clear that this isn't the launch of the 1008HA, only its first unveil, but that's certainly enough to make us want one.