ASUS N10 netbook goes luxe, drops Eee branding

Chris Davies - Aug 22, 2008, 8:56pm CDT

ASUS’ latest netbook has been revealed, the N10, and just like the S101 launched earlier this month it won’t be carrying the Eee brand.  It’s a step in the luxury direction for the company’s netbooks, competing more with HP’s Mini-Note 2133, with a classier casing, 10.2-inch display running at 1024 x 768 and speakers courtesy of Altec Lansing.

Other specifications are generally unknown, though it’s likely that the N10 will use an Atom CPU; it could even take advantage of the upcoming dual-core Atom 330, which is apparently back on track for launch in September.  ASUS have already pledged to launch dual-core netbooks by the end of the year.  However the N10 does have a HDMI port, three USB 2.0 ports, VGA, what looks to be an ExpressCard slot and an SDHC slot.

Connectivity, going by the switches and LEDs, will include Bluetooth and WiFi; there’s also a built-in webcam and fingerprint reader.  DigiTimes are predicting the N10 will retail between €300 to €400 ($446 to $595), which seems on the low side compared to the Eee PC 1000-series.

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