Further details on ASUS' rumored luxury netbook, the Eee PC Shell, have emerged, ahead of a predicted launch at CeBIT. The netbook will be known as the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Shell, with the company focusing on giving it longer battery life than the S101 it replaces. Meanwhile the company is also believed to be bringing the Eee PC S121 to CeBIT, complete with 512GB SSD and 120GB HDD versions.
You've got to hand it to ASUS: one way or another they'll keep pumping out the Eee PCs until everybody has at least two of their various netbooks. If they're not announcing a fresh model then it's a new color scheme, and today the Eee PC 1005HA and 1008HA "Seashell" netbooks bear the brunt of ASUS' designers felt-tipped pens.
Cover the children's eyes, it's a pair of Eee PC's getting close and snuggly. In actual fact, this is the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell - in white - and the Eee PC 1005HA - in black - showing that a removable battery does not a porker make. NetbookNews grabbed some comparison shots of the two netbooks, basically identical machines aside from a few millimeters thickness.
More comparison shots after the cut
Details of a new ASUS Eee PC ostensibly - in terms of specifications, at least - identical to the 1008HA "Shell" have emerged, only offering a user-accessible 6-cell battery. The ASUS Eee PC 1005HAB is listed at the company's support site, and has already begun to appear for pre-order at some retailers; however there are no photos of the Intel Atom N280 netbook.
Asus was the father of the booming netbook market when it tossed its first 7-inch netbook onto the market in late 2007. Since that time the netbook has gone on to become one of the best selling categories in the entire computer market.
It comes as no great surprise, seeing as we saw the product page back in May, comparison shots with the 1008HA a few days after and an unboxing video a few days ago, but ASUS have now officially announced the Eee PC 1005HA Seashell. Available to preorder from today, the 1005HA Seashell has the usual Intel Atom processor - in this case the 1.66GHz N280 - paired with 1GB of RAM, but it also offers what ASUS are calling the longest-lasting battery life for one of their netbooks to-date: up to 10.5hrs, in fact.
We already know that the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA trades a little of its 1008HA Seashell brethren's waifish slenderness for a full sized VGA port and removable battery, and now we've got the first unboxing video. Liliputing acquired a 1005HA a little in advance of the imminent US launch; check out their video after the cut.
Video unboxing after the cut
Not exactly a huge surprise, given that it was spotted back at Computex earlier this month in both standard and integrated 3G forms, but ASUS have finally got official with their Eee PC 1101HA netbook. The 11.6-inch ultraportable shares the same "Seashell" stylings as the smaller Eee PC 1008HA and 1005HA, but uses Intel's Atom Z520 1.33GHz processor and a WXGA 1366 x 768 display.
Details of a new ASUS Eee PC have been snapped at Computex 2009, ahead of the netbook's official debut which is expected tomorrow. The ASUS Eee PC 1101HA slots into the company's Seashell range, but offers an 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 display versus the 10-inch screen of the 1008HA. There's also Intel's Atom Z520 or Z530 processors paired with 1GB of RAM.
They may look like the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA, but these slender netbooks are actually the first demo units of Qualcomm's Snapdragon-based Eee PCs. Based on Qualcomm's 1GHz super-chip, the ASUS models - actually thinner than the 1008HA - were joined by machines from Wistron and Inventec.
More Qualcomm Smartbooks after the cut
ASUS' latest super-skinny netbooks, the Eee PC 1005HA series, have now got their own product page, after launching late last week. The listing confirms that the 1005HA will slot into the "Seashell" range, as with the 1008HA, and have user-replaceable batteries and a choice of Intel Atom N270 or N280 processors.