ASUS ZX-series 12-inch notebook rumored: grown-up Eee PC S101

ASUS might be expecting 22-percent of their 2009 sales

to come from netbooks

, but that doesn't mean the company has forgotten about its mainstream notebook line.  In fact, they still expect to ship more than twice that amount of notebook computers, 47-percent of total shipments, and it'll be made up of slick new machines like the

rumored 12-inch ZX-series

.  Believed to fit in above the 10.2-inch

ASUS Eee PC S101

, the ZX-series will have comparable industrial design and super-skinny chassis, with a 16:10 aspect display and "similar functionality".

That hints at an Atom processor being used, rather than a more mainstream CPU, despite high pricing estimates keeping the ZX-series firmly in the luxury ultraportable range.  ASUS expect it to be priced at around NT$30,000 ($912), which is high for an Atom-based machine though relatively reasonable for a standard ultraportable.

The ZX-series is expected to land before the end of the year.  Sources suggest that the S101 was initially intended to be the first model in the new ZX-series, but it was diverted to the Eee PC range as ASUS wanted to offer a "luxury netbook".