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.
It might look like one of ASUS' regular ultraportables cosying up to an Eee PC, but if Crave Taiwan are to be believed this is actually the first shot of the company's Eee PC S101, a 10-inch netbook with a 64GB SSD. ASUS have already confirmed their intention to launch large-capacity SSD models, some of which would be considered "high end" compared to the models we're used to, it seems that this S101 is the first of the new Eee breed.
Is there really a need for another Nokia Communicator wanna-be? Apparently, German phone maker Road thinks so. The company’s very on HandyPCS101 is part computer and part phone, sporting the Linux operating and Trolltech’s Qtopia GUI. It’s a quad-band, GSM/EDGE/GPRS with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – so as connectivity goes, you’re all set.
I especially love large QWERTY keyboard with massive keys. This is especially nice for folks with larger thumbs. The screen is equally nice, featuring a 640x240 display and a 102x65 monochrome phone screen. Other specs and features include 64MB of RAM, 64MB of Flash, a 400 MHz Intel PXA264, a 2-megapixel camera, and a massive 1,500mAh lithium-polymer battery. The talk time is rough four hours, with 240 hours of stand-by, or five hours of actual PC usage.
Touch screens are quite a marvel, but they still come with a few downsides. The glass used can be highly reflective, making it hard to see the display in open daylight, and since we touch our phones constantly, they're susceptible to getting all sorts of germs on them. However, Gorilla Glass make Corning says they're developing a new glass to counter these annoyances.
Gorilla Glass is used in millions of handheld products, including smartphones and tablets. The glass offers a stronger, more durable build that makes it scratch-resistent and less likely to break. While it's mostly meant for consumer electronic devices, we could be seeing Gorilla Glass make its way into the auto industry as soon as next year.