Say what you want about the netbook's gloomy future but, as far we know, the puny PC is still alive and kicking, even locally, as ASUS has just unveiled 3 new little ones here in the Philippines. Techies, say hello to the Taiwanese-titan's new netbook trio composed of a couple of Cedar Trail models and one that sports an AMD-powered specimen. Get to know each one below.
Before that, we're letting you know that we're not really shocked that netbooks are still fighting locally. While it's no secret that tablets have been grabbing more of the headlines the past year or so, the notebook's little bro still commands some sort of demand here, thanks to its capabilities and, yes, relatively cheaper asking price which is, of course, something that's important in a poverty-stricken nation like ours. On to the lappies...
ASUS Eee PC X101CH
First off, we have the Eee PC X101CH. This somehow reminds us of the MeeGo-powered X101H although the X101CH will come, for an additional fee, with Windows 7 Starter. It's also one of the two models in the trio that's based on Intel's Cedar Trail platform that promises improved graphics performance, lesser power consumption, and cheaper costs. It sports a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N2600 chip, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 320GB of storage, wireless connectivity over Bluetooth (v3.0) and WiFi, and a 10.1-inch display. Measuring only an inch thick, this one also has an HDMI port, VGA webcam, and a couple of USB 2.0 ports.
ASUS Eee PC 1025CE
The other half of the Cedar Trail platform, the 1025CE has what ASUS calls the Flare treatment, having its palm rest and the area behind the keyboard placed a bit higher than the keyboard tray itself. The combo of a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N2800 (1.6GHz) and 1GB of DDR3 RAM takes care of the computing needs for this one while a 10.1-inch anti-glare display will take care of the eye-candy department. Wireless connectivity options are, of course, part of the mix as well as a 320GB HDD and a USB 3.0 port (2 x USB 2.0). We're told that the 1025CE has been rated to go for up to 12 hours on a single charge, too. Nice!
ASUS Eee PC 1225B
And last but not the least, we have the 1225B Flare netbook which, instead of going the Cedar Trail route, sports an AMD Fusion APU E450 (1.65GHz) chip which helps in displaying better graphics. This one is the most well-endowed of the 3, coming with twice the RAM at 2GB, more capacity at 500GB, a larger 11.6-inch display, and a VGA webcam with 4x zoom capability. There's also an HDMI port, card reader, Bluetooth 3.0. WiFi, and Windows 7 Home Basic.
Pricing and availability
The X101CH is the cheapest here at P13,995 with no Windows. Add P2,000 and you'll get it with Windows 7 Starter pre-installed. The 1025CE has an SRP of P16,995 while the 1225B, as we've said, is, as expected, the most expensive, with a price tag of P22,995. Expect them to hit store shelves in local ASUS stores and retailers soon if they're not there yet.
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