For the last 2 years or so, all the Asus 10 inch EEE PCs looked more or less the same, boosting that famous Seashell design (with a thicker back part that got thinner towards the front).
Well, the new 10 inch netbooks announced at Computex, the Asus EEE PC 1025CE and 1025C, bring the dusk of the Seashell and the dawn of a new body design.
The new shape was inspired by Asus’s U line of ultra-portables and it’s meant to make the 10 inch netbooks overall thiner and better balanced. The exterior will be covered in high-quality matte plastic and Asus claims it will look and feel pretty much as aluminum does. The laptops will be available in a bunch of colors, with 3 different options for the 1025CE and 7 for the 1025C.
Inside you’ll get the 10.1 inch non-glare display (probably the same one we got today, with 1024 x 600 px resolution), chiclet keyboard and decent sized trackpad. Notice that the same matte finish can be found on palm rest and around the keys as well, but I’m not sure whether the screen’s bezel will get matte as well or will be kept glossy black as it is now (future pictures will help us).
Besides the exterior changes, the new line of EEE PCs also bring inside improvements. Current Atom Pinetrail architecture will be replaced with the future Intel CedarTrail platform, with processors from the N2XXX line, like the N2800 and N2600 we’ve heard about before. The new hardware will offer increased everyday performances but will mostly improve graphic capabilities on these 10 inchers, allowing true HD abilities. Thus, the new EEE PCs will handle Full HD content and will be able to output it to a bigger display via HDMI.
Still, there are 2 lines of EEE PCs mentioned in this post and you’ll wonder what’s the difference between them. Well, the Asus EEE PC 1025C will be the cheaper version, starting at $249 with Windows 7 Starter OS. For 30 bucks extra, starting at $279, you’ll get the Asus EEE PC 1025CE which also offer Asus’s Express Gate fast booting OS alongside Windows 7. Plus, it features an USB 3.0 slot by default, next to Wireless N and Bluetooth 3.0 (which are also present on the 1025C line).
Both versions will be offered with 3 Cell and 6 Cell batteries and weigh around 2.7 pounds with the 6 Cell battery inside. According to Asus, we’ll get up to 14 hours of life out of these new EEE PCs which definitely sounds great considering the improved performance over the nowadays generations.
There’s no exact info on when Asus plans to brings the EEE PC 1025CE and 1025C to the market, but I’d expect them to hit stores by early Fall. So stay tuned for more info.