Bigger Eee PC will have touch screen, GPS
The 9-inch Asus Eee PC, expected in May or June, will reportedly include a touch-screen display and GPS.
The second generation of the
While I welcome the larger screen size (it's better for Web browsing), I've never found a touch screen to be that much of a bonus outside of a tablet form factor. The possible GPS support seems more helpful; paired with some decent software you can potentially eliminate the need for a separate navigation unit.
But I can't help wondering if these developments are pulling the Eee PC from its primary selling point: low price. Reports have priced the second-generation model anywhere from $500 to $600. Granted, that's not much more than the current Eee PC, and it does include such welcome improvements as increased RAM and a larger drive. But it also teeters dangerously close to the cost of more full-featured budget laptops from the major manufacturers. In a field that seems to grow more crowded every day, will consumers accept a slightly higher price point? Will you?