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The $200 Eee PC X101 might arrive in July carrying a price-tag of just $199.99

If you still dream of buying a global brand netbook for under $200 (which is quite unlikely looking at their popularity now-a-days), the Eee PC X101 might just wake you up to a pleasant surprise. Digitimes reports that the sub-200 dollar netbook will debut in July. The model carrying a price-tag of $199.99 will have MeeGo pre-installed. If you want the Windows version, be ready to shell out $310-$350.

This is probably the cheapest netbook with Atom in the market, and a launching price of $200 is terrific. The X101 will sport a 10” screen 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, an Intel Oaktrail Atom N435 processor with 1.5GHz clock speed, Intel GMA 600 graphics chip, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and a 3-cell battery.

There is also a variant called X101H, which has all the same features but comes with a hybrid hard drive and choice of Window 7 or MeeGo.

Tech Journal has a brief hands-on to show from Computex 2011, which shows the X101 as a super-thin, colorful piece. Infact the orange color looks quite radiant. The left side has the power out and an USB port, while the right side resides a microSD card slot, headphone jack, another USB port and the lock. The exterior orange color extends till around the keys area and the trackpad. The Chiclet style keyboard looks comfortable.

At $200, we sure do not have much to complaint about this machine that – although it has fewer I/O ports than one would have liked.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-06-27 (Update: 2012-05-26)