Electronista ran a story about a possible upgrade to the ASUS Eee PC 900. According to the the article, the specs would remain unchanged except for the hard drive where ASUS would beef it up to 30GB. Battery life is said to decline from 2.5 hours to 2.2 hours due to the increased power demands for the drive. Pricing is US$513 for the Linux version (which comes in black or white) and US$528 for the Windows version (black only). No word on release date.
Still want to know more about the ASUS Eee PC 900? jkkmobile just released a 34 minute long video review which is so far the most thorough review on the Eee PC 900, check it out.
Source – jkkmobile
Following my previous post on ASUS Eee PC 900 Battery – 4,400mAh or 5,200mAh or 5,800mAh?, ASUS Hong Kong finally announced that they will be exchanging all 4,400 mAH capacity batteries with the 5,800 mAH capacity batteries, that is, if your Eee PC 900 was purchased in Hong Kong since launch date (19 April). For information, please contact ASUS HK Royal Club, Tel: 2958 1620 (Kowloon); 35824770 (Hong Kong Island). Full press release (in Chinese) as follow -
|Eee PC 900 免費升級更換至大容量 5800mAh 電池|
Source – ASUS
In my previous post, ASUS Eee PC 900 Launch Imminent, I linked up some pics from an unboxed article (dated 12 April) from XEPC.org where they showed that the battery capacity of the ASUS Eee PC 900 was at 5,200mAh.
In an even earlier article from one of the top local computer magazine (dated 15 April), PCMarket, it showed a higher capacity battery at 5,800mAh (PCMarket clarified on the 19 April that ASUS will be shipping the 4,400mAh battery instead, strange it showed a 7.2V output, seems like it’s from the Eee PC 701 instead)).
But in fact, this is what you’ll be getting out of the first batch of the ASUS Eee PC 900 launched in Hong Kong on the 19 April, a 4,400mAh battery.
The ASUS Eee PC 900 features a 8.9″ active matrix TDT LCD screen with 1024×600 resolution; 1GB DD2 Ram; 20GB SSD and 1.3 mega-pixel camera. My Eee PC 900 runs on Linux and Firefox browser. The whole thing do look small and feels incredibly light at 990g. The wireless connection is slow at disconnecting and connecting but nonetheless still pretty smooth.
Retail price at HK$3,998 (US$513), but because of limited stock available at present, prices are up to HK$4,488 in Mongkok Computer Centre and HK$4,688 in Wanchai 168 Computer Centre.
As the Windows XP version are not available yet, expect another HK$680 if you want the retailers to install a copy of Windows XP licence for you, that is, if you can’t wait till they formally release it. As for the screen protector, you can get it for around HK$150 (tight fit).
Wow, what a trip to Singapore, will do a wrap up on that later tonight. While I was gone, ASUS Hong Kong launched the ASUS Eee PC 900 (Linus version) and the first batch was on sale yesterday. As I got back late last night (around 3:00am), I got a message that mine was ready for pick up today.
Okay, some pics for now and I’ll follow up with a more detail review in a few hours. If you have any questions, just post it up here and I’ll include them in the review.
Pic from XEPC.org
[13 April] Following my last post on the ASUS Eee PC 900, we learned that have just hit the FCC and the first unbox pics started surfacing so the launch date is imminent. Over the weekend, XEPC.org published the unbox pics of the ASUS Eee PC 900 and if you want to take a first look at it, the link is here.
Source – XEPC.org
[Updated: 15 April] Added the following video preview of the ASUS Eee PC 900 from PCMarket.com.hk.
Source – PCMPodcast