Tech site HardwareZone seems to have popped the cork before the party has even begun, as leaked information on the first premium Eee PC was splashed across its site before being pulled down. According to an Asus representative, the information was actually under embargo and the aforementioned Eee PC S101 was not supposed to see the light of day until later this week.
But what's done is done: various other sites have replicated the information and the cat cannot be put back in the bag. The Eee PC S101 is the cooler and slimmer version of the Eee PC 1000H. It's equipped with an Atom chipset, 10.2-inch display and solid-state drive. What makes this model really special is its exceptional sleekness, coming in at just less than a inch thick with a 2.2-pound heft. This makes the Eee PC 1000H look bloated and heavy in comparison. Other features include:
Intel Atom chipset
Up to 64GB SSD with free 20GB online storage
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Three USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 4-in-1 memory card reader and VGA ports
Five-hour battery life
Brown, champagne, or graphite color options
Windows XP Home or GNU Linux operating system
About 20 inches by 7 inches by just less than an inch
The 16GB SSD version with Windows XP system is expected to cost $699, the same as the 32GB SSD Linux edition. Bumping up the storage to 64GB SSD with Linux is an extra $100. We expect confirmation on the availability and regional pricing details to be available soon, so keep an eye on this page.
(Via Crave Asia)