Eee PCs get larger screens and WiMax

Asus has confirmed that its next generation of Eee PC will be available with a 7in, 8in, or 9in screen, and will feature WiMax wireless broadband.

Eee PCs get larger screens and WiMax

The larger screens will boost the Eee PC’s resolution from 800×480 to 1024×600, making the ultra low cost laptops slightly more XP friendly. Reports suggest that this will come in handy, as the WiMax-loaded machines are likely to come preloaded with Microsoft’s OS as standard, due to limited driver support for the technology in Linux.

Though the new Eee PC was a no-show at the Asus stall, the company says the new models will adhere to the compact design of their predecessor, though it stopped short of giving out form factor specifications.

However, Asus has admitted that while the 8in model will fit into the same chassis as the current models, the larger screens are going to require something slightly bigger.

Asus also admitted that it is looking at increasing storage and memory on the lightweight laptops, though no further details were forthcoming.

The new models will be making an appearing in the second quarter, with pricing to be announced.

You can read our Eee PC review here.

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