Ready for a 'high-end' Eee PC?

New $899 Eee PC with 64GB SSD.

The new S101 next to an Eee PC 901.

We first caught a glimpse of this model last week as part of a slide show on 23 new Eee PC models from Asus. Now the high-end Eee PC S101 has been spotted in real life, under the arm of Asus CEO Jerry Shen.

It's got a 10.2-inch screen, but the basic components are the same as those found in the current 9- and 10-inch versions of the Eee PC--the 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor and 945GME chipset, paired with a solid-state hard drive.

What makes this different from previous editions of the popular Netbook is its thin design--only marginally thicker than a MacBook Air at 21mm thick, and its SSD options, which reportedly go all the way up to a 64GB drive. That highest-end version pushes the boundaries of the Netbook category at $899, and we hear that the S101 might end up losing the Eee brand altogether, to be better marketed as an upscale product.

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