New Netbooks find their sweet spot again in pricing under $200.
Asus unveiled in May the Asus EEE PC X101 netbook priced at under $200 running MeeGo. Digitimes reports today that Asus will start to market the Intel Atom N435 based Eee PC X101 next month. I assume this also means that we will actually be able to buy an PC X101 in July.
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The Asus MeeGo netbook features a 10.1-inch LED backlight display, up to 2GB RAM, 8GB SSD, 0.3MP camera, 802.11n Wifi and Intel Atom 435 CPU. There will also be a Windows 7 version of the X101, dubbed Asus Eee PC X101H that comes with a 250GB or 320GB HDD instead of the 8GB SSD.
The $199 list price is going to be a major draw for consumers and will help to rejuvenate the netbook market. Let's see if retailers like Amazon can bring down the price even further. In 2007, back when Asus unveiled the first netbook that would define a new product category, the price target was also $199. When the first netbook went on sale, Asus upped the price though to $299. This time around, Asus is really launching a $199 netbook.
As far as I know the Asus Eee PC X101 will be the first product shipping with MeeGo. Nokia announced the N9 MeeGo phone a week ago, but the launch will be some when later this year.