Eee PC X101 product page launches, pre-orders begin
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Netbooks and MeeGo were both thought to be dying breeds, but one Taiwanese company still appears to have faith in the duo. Announced earlier this year at Computex, ASUS’s X101 Eee PC is a MeeGo sporting netbook, which now has its very own product page.
Though we’ve previously seen MeeGo powered netbooks, this is the first time ASUS has thrown their weight behind the Linux based environment. However, the X101 does have a claim to fame outside of the Nokia-developed OS, as it weighs just 2 lbs. (.92kgs) and its 17.6mm thickness is roughly a hair bulkier than Apple’s MacBook Air.
Unfortunately, ASUS appears to have sacrificed performance in exchange for the slim profile, seeing as the netbook can only be saddled with single-core Intel N435 or N455 Atom CPUs. In addition, the X101 only comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM (2GB max.), an 8GB SSD, 2GB of online cloud storage, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, and a 10.1” LED display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels.
Though the X101 might not be the most powerful machine on the market, it does manage to fulfill ASUS’s promises of a sub-$200 netbook. Coming in at just $199, it is yet unknown as to when the latest Eee PC will ship, though Directron.com pre-orders were going for $209 before stocks ran out. In any case, the X101 should be making its way to shelves soon enough, but we’d recommend investing in an ample sized external drive before making the jump.