Asus is to launch an updated version of the Asus Eee UMPC at the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas next week. And the big rumour is that the new Eee PC will be Windows based with WiMAX capabilities.

See our dedicated CES 2008 blog

The Asus Eee PC was one of the hits of 2007. An ultra-cheap, ultraportable laptop PC with a 7in screen, the Eee PC was almost impossible to get hold of in the UK prior to Christmas. Its popularity is due in no small part to its tiny £250 price tag. The Eee PC runs a Linux-vased operating system. Read our review of the Asus Eee PC here.

Now, according to a page on the Asus website, visitors to CES 2008 can: "join ASUS, Intel and Sprint to learn about the state of WiMAX technology, preview next-generation mobile solutions (including the next generation Eee PC) and immerse yourself in tomorrow’s wireless protocol".

Meanwhile, the buzz around the Eee PC is that the next-gen product will also run Windows XP - at no price premium.

PC Advisor will be attending CES next week, so we'll bring you the latest Eee PC updates as and when they happen. For the latest laptop reviews, visit Laptop Advisor.