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Asus Eee PC to get 8.9-inch display and WiMAX

Posted on Tuesday, January 01 2008 @ 07:30:10 CET by

Asus' next-generation Eee PC will feature a 8.9" LCD display and WiMAX, according to DailyTech:
Intel and Sprint are putting a lot of muscle behind WiMAX. Intel's Montevina notebook platform will support WiMAX in Q2 2008 and the Menlow UMPC platform -- presumably the foundation for ASUS' next generation Eee PC -- will also feature 3G and WiMAX integration. For its part, Sprint plans to invest $5 billion USD into WiMAX over the next two years.

Should ASUS choose to adopt the Menlow platform for the next generation Eee PC, huge power saving will be realized for users. The current Eee PC uses a 90nm, 900MHz Celeron M processor running at 630MHz with the current official BIOS. Intel's Menlow platform includes a 45nm Silverthorne processor which promises ten times the power efficiency of first generation UMPCs using Intel Celeron M, Pentium M and A100/A110 processors.

Other big news coming from the Commercial Times is that an 8.9" screen is in store for the next generation Eee PC. The current Eee PC uses a 7" 800x480 widescreen display. Many have complained about the lack of real estate with the 7" screen, but an 8.9" display with a 1024x600 screen resolution could quiet a few critics.

According to the Commercial Times, the current 7" panels used in the Eee PC cost $40 USD. The larger 8.9" panels are estimated to cost between $55 to $60 USD.
This new Eee PC will be shown off at CES 2008 in Las Vegas.



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