As you might expect, Computex brings with it not only official news but plenty of rumor, and the first netbook whispers suggest that the segment is growing increasingly competitive. ASUS - when they're not slapping Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets into Eee PCs - are tipped to be evaluating NVIDIA's Ion GPU for future products, according to industry sources, while they also suggest that the Eee Box B1006 nettop spotted on Friday will use Ion when it launches in Q3 2009.
Acer netbook rumors after the cut
First the photos, now the video: Qualcomm's Snapdragon Eee PC has made its first video appearance, courtesy of jkkmobile at Computex 2009. Even better, the Eee PC - which uses the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, as in the Toshiba TG01 - is running Android rather than Windows, and despite the low-power chip is capable of 720p playback.
Video hands-on after the cut
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
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
ASUS' Eee PC 1000HV has been benchmarked, putting its discrete ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics to the test. Based on the same Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz processor as the 1000HE, the 1000HV uses its graphical grunt well: it racks up a CrystalMark R3 score of 37,430 versus the 1000HE's 28,923.
Benchmark breakdown after the cut
The SlashGear team have been surprisingly mobile this week, with part one of our Lincoln MKS road-test, and toting Sprint's version of the MiFi 2200 portable EVDO hotspot around. We still found enough time to get frantically excited about the Palm Pre, though, which we now know will launch on June 6th for $199.99.
That excitement is tempered with the ongoing rumors that stocks may be severely curtailed on launch day. Not only have Best Buy and RadioShack insiders been talking of minimal handset numbers come June 6th, Sprint's own CEO is warning that the Pre will likely be in short supply for the first couple of months. The concern is that all of Palm's momentum since CES back in January could fizzle out, as Apple are expected to announce a third-generation iPhone two days after the Pre's launch.
An unannounced ASUS netbook has turned up for pre-order online, packing discrete ATI graphics. The ASUS Eee PC 1000HV pairs Intel's Atom N280 1.66GHz processor with an ATI Radeon HD 3450 video card with 256MB of its own memory; it also has a 10-inch 1024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive.
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