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Asus' CEO Shows Off Eee PC S101 Prototype


Asus' CEO Shows Off Eee PC S101 Prototype

As you might imagine Asus' President, Jerry Shen, gets to play with all the company's latest and greatest kit. Unsurprisingly, then, it was Shen who was on hand in Taiwan to show off a prototype to a bunch of journalists- apparently paying homage to the Macbook Air's pull-the-laptop-out-of-an-envelope adverts by doing the same with the Eee PC 'Ultimate' S101.

Supposedly these systems will actually scrap the Eee name, although what the system will be called, that being the case, isn't made clear. If the prototype's styling, specifically the brown colour, is actually planned for the retail models we can't see it helping shift systems. Of course the S101's specs go some way to compensate.

As before a 1.6GHz Atom processor sits at the netbook's heart, but on these Ultimate systems is backed up by either a 32GB or 64GB of solid state storage. It seems reasonable to suspect that Buffalo has a hand in supplying those modules.

Systems are expected to become available from mid-September and pricing is apparently set to be $699 (~£350) and $899 (~£450) for the 32GB and 64GB versions respectively.


August 7, 2008, 9:39 pm

typo 62gb instead of 64gb at the end


August 7, 2008, 10:28 pm

at those predicted prices? you might as well just fork out for a proper laptop...


August 7, 2008, 11:44 pm

Andrew: Thanks, I did that trying to correct from 63!! Hopefully it will change to 64, not 61 this time...

Monkey: Possibly, but the size and battery life of a &#163400-odd laptop isn't likely to be as good.


August 8, 2008, 12:18 pm

Hugo - your points are good however should small size and long battery be the benchmarks for a 'good' laptop (In which case my mobile phone with slide out QWERTY keyboard than can run word/excel etc document and last a week without recharge beats the Eee hands-down). Surely performance/storage/comfort to use/responsiveness some be considered? I am still of the opinion that the range is gimicky - a very clever and well presented one, however I agree with Monkey - you're better off with a 'proper' laptop.

The undeniable success of the original Eee was more down to 'all-this-kit' for a 'teeny-weeny-price-tag'. The only way to match that is better kit for the same price or less. Now that is what I would like to see.

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