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The Asus Road-Map; Netbooks and Multitouch Pads

Aug 31 2009, 10:53am CDT | by , in News | Hot Gadgets

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The Asus Road-Map; Netbooks and Multitouch Pads
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Asus, one of the fathers of the netbook, has just leaked out several slides that give us a thorough look at the company's roadmap for the next two quarters. These slides are complete with detailed product information. They all look official, and I see no reason to doubt this information. German-language tech blog Netbook news has the scoop, and Engadget has it in English that wasn't run through a Google translator.

First up we've got three new 10.1" netbooks, all of the Eee PC 1005HA line. The E and V both pack Atom 270 processors and 92% keyboards. They come with 3 and 6 cell batteries respectively. The P carries an N280 Atom processor, bluetooth, and a 6 cell battery capable of 10.5 hours of use. Prices go from $300, for the E, to $389, for the P. Asus is also releasing the 1101HA-M, which packs an 11.6" monitor, an IntelMENLOW 2520 processor, and an 11 hour battery life, all for $430. All four of these new machines come with Windows XP home edition.

A few more Asus gadgets have also been confirmed. There's a brand-new 12" Eee PC coming out, the 1201N, which will be the first Nvidia Ion machine for Asus. It comes with an Atom N270 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 250GB HD, price is set at $500 and it should hit stores in mid-October. Also arriving in October is the $400 1005HA-P netbook with Windows 7 and a 250 GB HD. The M model, also bundled with Win7, should hit around the same time for $350.

The most exciting new machine wasn't shown on the slides, however; the T91 multitouch convertible tablet with a 32 GB SSD is priced at $549 and due to hit stores at some point in the near(ish?) future. New 1008HA models will also be on the way, although no date or price has been given for those yet.

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