updated 11:30 am EST, Tue November 4, 2008
ASUS to intro ZX notebook
Computer hardware manufacturer ASUS will release a new ultra-thin 12-inch notebook with styling cues from the company's recently unveiled Eee PC netbook model, the 10.2-inch S101, according to a Tuesday report. Citing notebook component makers as the source, the report goes on to indicate the new device will come to market before the year is out, and will make up a new ZX series that straddles the line between netbooks and small notebooks.
The same sources also claim ASUS originally meant the S101 to be part of the ZX series, but changed its mind at the last minute as it wanted to introduce a flagship model to the Eee PC line. Few specifics are known other than similar functions as the S101 with a larger screen; the existing system has a 1.6GHz Atom processor and Windows XP like most netbooks. The screen will sport a 16:10 aspect ratio, with prices expected to start at under $30,000 in Taiwan New Dollars (about $915).
ASUS president Jerry Shen maintains devices with screens larger than 10 inches are not netbooks, and those with 11-inch or larger displays will be part of the company's regular ASUS brand instead of the Eee PC lineup.