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New Asus Eee PC sold out in Hong Kong

Queues form for large-screen Eee PC 900

Asus' latest Eee PC – the Eee PC 900 - sold out within hours of its launch in Hong Kong, an Asustek executive said today.

A line of people had formed a few hours before the first store selling the new Eee PC 900 – which features an 8.9in screen - opened on Friday, and over 1,000 of the small laptops went quickly, said Jose Liao, a product manager at Asustek during a news conference in Taipei.

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The new Eee PC 900 is slightly bigger and more expensive than the first version, the Eee PC 701, which has a 7-inch screen. The Eee PC 900 also sports a 1.3-megapixel camera and a 12GB or 20GB solid-state disk drive (SSD), an upgrade over the original Eee PC 701, which has a 0.3-megapixel webcam and SSDs as big as 8GB. The 900 model also carries an oversized multi-touch trackpad. Both devices weigh less than 1kg.

The Eee PC 900 also went on sale online at Yahoo in Hong Kong, again selling out within hours, Asustek executives said.

Asustek is selling two main configurations of the Eee PC 900, one with Microsoft's Windows XP OS and the other with a Linux OS. The two are identical in price, NT$15,988 (£265) in Taiwan. Most of their components are also the same, including built in 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity, 4-cell batteries that can last up to 3.5 hours and 1GB of DDR2 DRAM.

The main difference between the Linux and Windows XP Eee PC 900s is the size of the SSD. Users will gain more space for their songs, photos and other data on the Linux Eee PC 900, which carries a 20GB. The XP version carries a 12GB SSD.

Asustek also launched its first HSDPA add-on card designed for the Eee PC. The card ensures users can tap into mobile broadband from just about anywhere 3G mobile phone coverage is offered.


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