A while ago I blogged about the Nokia N800. It’s been released now but I won’t be getting one. Not just because the “sub $300” price tag turned out to be closer to €400, but because Asus just raised the bar when it comes to small, portable internet devices. Enter the Asus Eee CP 701.
This tiny little 7″ notebook is targeted at ’emerging markets’ and will only cost $199. Specs include an Intel (Dothan core!) processor and chipset, 512MB of RAM, wifi, ethernet, a dailup modem, up to 16 GB of flash storage and even a webcam. There will even be a 10″ version (Eee PC 1001), apparently for about $300. It looks like the 7″ one wil only have a 800*480 pixel screen, and its not actually smaller, there just more unused space surrounding the actual display. It’s bigger brother may just be the one to get.
Like the N800 it runs Linux, but Windows XP is an option as well. I’d love to have one to check my email, browse the web and update my blog without having to fire up my desktop PC, and Linux will definitely do for me.
So, starting at about half of the N800’s street price, Asus has just introduced a (slightly less) portable internet device that outdoes Nokia’s offering in every way. And considering Asus’s reputation for producing high quality products, I suspect this is going to be 2007’s big thing. I sincerely hope the emerging markets will get to see the Eee PC because gadget freaks in the West are probably going to be lining up to get one.