ASUS announced it will release a $200 netbook in the first quarter of next year, this device aims to compete with the OLPC XO-1 laptop. Just like the original Eee PC these netbooks are aimed at developing countries, but I have a feeling most of these $200 will be sold in the developed world.
A representative for Asustek said in an interview with IDG News Service that the company plans to unveil an Asus Eee PC netbook at $200 price-point in Q1 2009. The firm did not disclose whether the product would be demonstrated at Consumer Electronics Show 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in early January, but stressed that the device would hit the market in the first quarter of next year.
Earlier Asustek Computer wanted to phase-out Eee PC with 7” displays since many consumers found them uncomfortable. However, it is not certain that the $200 model will feature larger panel. The vast majority of Asus Eee PC systems are based on Intel Atom processors, though, there are also Intel Celeron M-powered models.