Asus Eee PC X101H – new Windows 7 netbook with PineTrail
Only yesterday we’ve told you about the X101, which is Asus’s new 10 inch netbook running on MeeGo OS and now we’re back with info and a video with the X101H, which is the same machine, basically, but running on Windows 7. The X101H is more interesting for what it has above the hood than under it; it is one of the first Eee PC netbooks to have the new design, which is a departure from the traditional Eee PC Seashell design, moving towards sleeker, slimmer and lighter territory.
If we’re to believe the rumors, all future Asus netbooks will get the treatment and the design will probably be used for 2 to 3 years, which was the case with the Seashell design as well. Sure, it doesn’t look completely alien, but you’ll see for yourself in the video below that it’s a clear move away from current or older generations.
Moving on to the internals, the X101H packs an Intel N435
Cedar Trail Pine Trail processor (thanks James, we forgot to update this post), which is the entry level, single core processor from Intel’s line of ultra-low CPUs. Think N455, only slightly slower, more efficient and cheaper (which will reflect on the price of the final product). There is 1 or 2 GB of RAM (the new architecture seems to have the same 2 GB cap when it comes to system memory), and a 250 or 320 GB hard disk drive instead of the SSD drive you had on the X101.
There’s also WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 3 cell battery, but probably there will be a version with a stronger juice maker. The display has a standard 1024 x 600 resolution and has a matte finish, while the keyboard has been redesigned a little. The keys are more square than before and there’s more space between them. Hopefully they won’t flex too much and won’t make too much noise. The X101H is 22 mm slim and weighs around 1 kg with the 3 cell battery, being a truly portable computer, also being able to boot from both Windows 7 Starter and Asus’s Express Gate.
For now, this is all we’ve got about the X101H, with configuration and availability info to be disclosed by Asus tomorrow or the day after. We could speculate that the starting price for the X101H might be around 250 bucks, with the premium version going over $300. Hopefully the next couple of days will enlighten us regarding this brand new Eee PC netbook. Hit the video below and tell us what you think about Asus’s new approach to 10 inch mini laptops.
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