Asustek's next generation Eee PC will feature a multi-touch trackpad in addition to the larger screen, better webcam and increased data storage, a company representative has revealed.

The Eee PC 900 boasts an 8.9in screen, larger than the 7in display on the original Eee PC 701 model, along with a 1.3-megapixel camera and a 12GB solid-state disk drive (SSD). The webcam on the Eee PC 701 is only 0.3-megapixels and the largest SSD is 8GB.

The Eee PC 900's oversized touchpad works in a similar way to the touchpad on Apple's MacBook Air. Using two fingers, a person can zoom in and out of documents and photos, scroll up and down, and more, an Asustek representative said.

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A few things the Eee PC 900 will not have include a touchscreen and GPS (global positioning system), the Asustek representative said, despite some news reports to the contrary.

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The Eee PC 900 will come pre-loaded with either Microsoft Windows XP or Linux OSs, the representative said.

The first devices will likely hit some markets by June this year. Pricing will vary by country, but in Europe, the new Eee PC will cost around €399 (£315).