$200 Asus Eee netbook could become a reality
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It seems ever since Asus first released word of the first netbook back in 2007, there have been promises of a $200 price tag. Unfortunately, Asus’s promises have yet to be fulfilled, as we haven’t seen any sub-$250 netbooks from them. However, that fact could change soon according to a report published by Digitimes.
According to the website, Asus is looking to launch a new netbook this June in cooperation with Intel and hopes to hit the $200-$250 price range. The report also states that Asus will try to include either Android’s 3.0 Honeycomb OS or Google’s Chrome OS in order to meet the costs. While this is the first we’ve heard of a notebook featuring Honeycomb, the first Chrome OS notebooks should hit the market soon courtesy of Samsung and Acer.
This news comes at a time where netbook sales are down due to increased tablet sales and an influx of new tablet devices. However, if Asus does manage to produce a sub-$250 netbook with decent performance, then we could see some shifting of the market. While the inclusion of Android or Chrome OS could help achieve the low price, similar claims have been made previously and we’ll have to wait and see what happens this time around.