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10in Eee PC 900 coming later this year

Even larger screen planned by Asus

Asus has officially announced that it will follow up the 8.9in Eee PC 900, with a version that features a 10in display.

Over 1,000 of the Eee PC 900 were sold within a few hours of its launch in Hong Kong last week and similar sales are expected when the laptop launches in the UK on May 1.

Read our Eee PC review here

CEO of Asustek Jerry Shen announced the plans for the 10in screen at the launch of the Eee PC 900 in Taiwan.

"The feedback we've received from users has been great. Many have asked us for bigger screens and better usability. That's what made us start developing the Eee PC 900," said Jerry Shen, CEO of Asustek, during a news conference in Taipei.

"People are asking for bigger keypads and more software as well, issues the company continues to work on."

An Eee PC with a 10in screen could be out later this year, and it will be the biggest screen an Eee PC will ever get, Shen said.

The company defines anything with a 12in screen or larger a classic laptop PC, not an Eee PC.

Asustek believes that screen size makes a difference in sales.

The new Eee PC 900 with the 8.9in screen will likely account for 50 percent of overall Eee PC shipments by June, and 60 percent or more of shipments sometime in the second half of the year, Shen added.

He declined to set a firm date for release of the new 10in Eee PC and would not talk about possible prices. But a 10in screen could make a new Eee PC model much more expensive than the Eee PC 900. Once screen sizes reach 12in, they are nearing mainstream sizes, where mass production reduces the price-per-unit. But a 10in screen is still a specialty, and therefore more expensive, screen size.

See also: New Asus Eee PC sold out in Hong Kong


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