Asus has demonstrated a preview version of its Intel Atom-based Eee PC 901 laptop at the WiMax Expo, which is being held alongside Taipei's annual Computex exhibition.
Computex 2008: Official launch tomorrow
The laptop is expected to be launched on Tuesday, when Intel announces the availability of the Diamondville version of its Atom processor.
Based on a 1.6GHz Atom processor, the Eee PC 901 has an 8-9in screen, 1GB of memory, a memory-card slot, and will be available with either Windows XP or Linux. The Linux version of the laptop comes with a 20GB solid-state drive (SSD), while the Windows version will ship with a 12GB SSD.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will standard features of the 901, and a WiMax version is planned as well. Black and white versions of the 1.14kg laptop were on display, which has a battery life of four to six hours, Asustek said. Pricing was not disclosed.
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Usually, hardware makers keep systems based on unreleased processors under wraps until Intel makes releases the chips, but this year has been different. A flood of pictures have leaked ahead of tomorrow's announcement showing laptops based on the chips, including pictures of the Eee PC 901, which first appeared on a French blog.
Computex starts on Tuesday.