This video demonstration at YouTube shows off the multi-touch capability of the Eee PC 900 very well.
From engadget– “We’re serious this time, people. No more kidding around with those international ship dates, we’ve got ourselves a real live release date from Asus: May 12th. The hotly-anticipated Eee PC 900 with that relatively bountiful 8.9-inch screen is going to sell for a starting price of $549, with Linux and XP versions available at launch.”
BELGRADE, April 12, 2008 // INDUSTRY ENTERTAINMENT
(http://www.indus3.org) is proud to announce the release of new game MASTER KICK for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems.
Once, there was a table-soccer, now we have Master Kick!
There is something new, just for you! In the crowd of excellencies of virtual pleasures here comes Master Kick! New, bright and green, keen and mean, table soccer like you never seen! It doesn’t wait, it bites your guts, it sky rocket your soccer rush! Try it casually, enjoy it continuously! Master Kick for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows from now till beyond.
Master Kick establishes new standards of arcade sports games:
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AMAZING VISUAL EFFECTS
– Brilliant graphics, weather effects, including several playfields (grassy, indoor, cyber, snow), different teams dresses.
SIX PLAYFIELDS / SIX TEAMS
– Play it indoors, outdoors, in cyber world, on real grassy playfield, in mud, on the snow…
VIVID SOUND FX AND MUSIC
– Vivid sound of cheering and dynamic music.
– See how gorgeous goal you scored.
LOCALIZED IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES
– Available in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese,
Norwegian, Hungarian and Serbian languages.
– Game is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Asus Eee PC computers and Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices.
And much MORE!!!
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The next generation Eee PC laptop by Asustek Computer will come with a multi-touch trackpad in addition to the larger screen, better Web cam and increased data storage, a company representative said Thursday.
The Eee PC 900 boasts an 8.9-inch screen, larger than the 7-inch display on the original Eee PC 701 model, along with a 1.3-megapixel camera and 12G-byte solid-state disk drive (SSD). The Web cam on the Eee PC 701 is only 0.3-megapixels and the largest SSD is 8G-bytes.
The Eee PC 900’s oversized touchpad works similar to the Macbook Air. Using two fingers, a person can zoom in and out of documents and photos, scroll up and down, and more, an Asustek representative said.
A picture of the Eee PC 900 can be found on the Federal Communications Commission’s Web site, where details were submitted for approval by the U.S. government regulator.
A few things the Eee PC 900 will not have include a touchscreen and GPS (global positioning system), the Asustek representative said, despite some news reports to the contrary.
The Eee PC 900 will come pre-loaded with either Microsoft Windows XP or Linux OSs, the representative said. More at Yahoo.
The free on board (FOB) price of Acer’s 8.9-inch low-cost PC is expected to be priced around US$50 less than the FOB price of Asustek Computer’s second-generation Eee PC, according to sources at notebook OEMs.
With the company’s large economy of scale, Acer has set the FOB price of its low-cost PC at US$250-300, while the market ASP (average selling price) is estimated will be around US$350-400.
Asustek has decided not to engage in a price competition with Acer and has set the FOB price of its 8.9-inch second-generation Eee PC at around US$300-350, while the market ASP should fall between US$400-500, added the sources.
However, Asustek might launch its 8.9-inch Eee PCs earlier in April this year in order to gain advantage in an earlier release time, noted the sources. More at DigiTimes. Thanks to Luca.
Taiwan’s Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has revealed plans to launch a low-cost laptop to compete against Asustek’s Eee PC, but which uses 3G (third-generation mobile telecommunications) networks to keep users connected wirelessly.
Elitegroup plans to allow users to choose from several versions of the Simply Smart ECS G10IL laptop family. The top-end model comes with a 10.2-inch screen and takes advantage of tri-band mobile phone networks to keep users connected to the Internet wirelessly with HSDPA and HSUPA (High Speed Downlink/Uplink Packet Access). The technology ensures users can tap into mobile broadband from just about anywhere mobile phone coverage is offered.
The G10IL also connects to Wi-Fi networks, carries a 56 kbps analog modem on board for wireline Internet connections, supports Bluetooth wireless and comes with a four-in-one card reader. More at Yahoo.
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Asustek Computer (2357.TW), the world’s top maker of computer motherboards, said nearly two-thirds of its Eee PCs shipped this year will be Windows-based as consumers embrace the company’s low-cost laptop models.
The Taiwan company’s branded business last year launched a 7-inch child-friendly Linux-based personal computer priced as low as $200, and new models with Microsoft’s (MSFT.O) Windows XP will be priced around $390 to $400.
“About 60 percent of them (Eee PCs) will have Windows XP operating system,” Asustek Chairman Jonney Shih said at a news conference.
The Eee PC has won Asustek much recognition worldwide and Shih said his company was keeping its previous target of shipping 5 million units this year versus 300,000 units shipped in 2007.
Sales have been the strongest in Europe, followed by Asia Pacific and China, said Lillian Lin, Asustek’s head of marketing. More at Yahoo.