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New Eee PC to help Asus double shipments

Over 1.2m Eee PCs to ship in Q2

Asus expects to nearly double shipments of its Eee PC laptop in the second quarter, compared to the first, following the launch of the Eee PC 900 with a 8.9in screen.

Eee PC shipments will rise to between 1.2 million to 1.3 million units in the three months ending June 30, Asustek said in presentation materials for its first quarter investors' conference. The company shipped 700,000 Eee PCs in the first quarter.

The company also expects to continue releasing new Eee PC models aimed at different user groups.

Future versions of the Eee PC could sport more functions and better specifications, including larger screen sizes, executives have said. The company hopes to capitalise on the popularity of the device.

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Shipments of the Eee PC have ramped up so fast that they could challenge the company's other laptop PC products. Asustek predicts it will sell between 1.3 million and 1.4 million laptops during the second quarter, up from 1.3 million in the first quarter.

The company's Eee PC shipment target for this year is 5 million units.

Asus's Eee PC is a low-cost laptop originally designed for people in developing nations, particularly kids. The device, which can access the internet wirelessly through built-in Wi-Fi or an add-on HSDPA card has gained popularity for its efficient design and low price.

The device will likely face a lot more competition in the future. Several companies, including Acer, MSI, Elitegroup and Giga-byte have all revealed plans to market a low-cost laptop similar to the Eee PC.


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