Tuesday, November 04, 2008

ASUS Planning 12-inch ZX Series Notebook & $200 Eee PC in 2009

According to reports at DigiTimes ASUS is planning to introduce a 12-inch ultra-thin notebook that has a similar design to the recently launched high-end Eee PC 10.2-inch S101 model.

The new product will be part of the company's notebook line-up and although the difference between notebooks and netbooks is blury, Jerry Shen, president of Asustek emphasized that any device with a display larger than 10.x-inches is not a netbook.

According to earlier reports by DigiTimes Shen has also promised that ASUS will launch an Eee PC priced at $200 in 2009. At the same time they will be phasing out 7- and 8.9-inch Eee PCs to be replaced by 10-inch models. That way, the president believes, ASUS will be able to take a full 30-percent of the netbook market next year, estimated at between 6 and 7.5 million units.

It sounds like a $200 10-inch Eee PC might be in the works, but we won't be holding our breath.

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