Although many would-be copycat systems have been announced by rival manufacturers, we all know there is only one Eee PC. By that same contention there can only be one true successor, the 8.9in version announced at CeBIT and the good news is that pricing and release dates have now been announced for the long-awaited refresh.
Modesty forbids us from making too big a boast about it, but we did actually break these details already. Just in case you missed that though...
Both the 20GB Linux and 12GB Windows XP versions will be launched on the 1st of May for £329. The disparity in storage is down to the license cost of Windows, thus the smart buyer will clearly want to purchase the Linux version and then install their old legally bought copy of Windows, getting the best of both worlds.
Other than operating system options, the two machines are exactly the same spec. The priorly mentioned 8.9in panel packs a 1024 x 600 resolution making it plausibly usable in windows and in particular will make browsing the web a much more pleasurable experience. The same 900MHz, single core, Celeron processor, as found in the original Eee PC, is still powering the new versions and both new models pack 1GB DDR2 RAM.
The most notable upgrade, other than the screen, is the addition of a multi-touch touchpad - take that Mac fans!
I'd say more about the new Eee PC, but Riyad is currently hard at work slaving over a review of the refreshed version for tomorrow. Thus I shall advise you to come back then for the full lowdown.