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March 26, 2008 9:50 AM

Finally, the $500 ultramobile with touch coming in May

Posted by Brier Dudley

At least that's what it sounds like from this report, outlining the product map for Asustek's low-cost computers.

Coming in May will be a new version of the Eee PC with an 8.9-inch touchscreen and possibly GPS capability, the report said. The $500 device will also have double the memory (up to 1 gigabyte) of the company's wildly popular first-generation Eee PC.

Also coming in late spring is a $199 desktop, the E-DT.

The story follows up on a Monday item on the budding price war between Asustek and Acer in the low-cost mobile PC category. That one said the new Eee PCs may be released even earlier, in April, to get ahead of Acer's slightly less expensive ($350 to $400) model coming in May.

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Posted by Jerry Gropp

3:01 PM, Mar 26, 2008

This sounds like the ideal adjunct for what I have- a desktop and a 6# laptop. What is the operating system? I hope Windows XP- not Linux.

Posted by Brier

3:29 PM, Mar 26, 2008

Great question.

Linux is standard on the first version of the Eee PCs, though Asus said it was going to be selling a Windows version.

My guess is the base version will have Linux and a pricier version will come with Windows, or you may have to load XP yourself.

But I really don't know, so I relayed your question to Asus and will post the response as soon as they respond.

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