Asus charges same for Linux and Windows on new Eee PC

ASUS has announced the release of the new Eee PC 901 and the reduced prices of the previous 701 and 900 models.

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Asus is set to release its new mini-PC, the Eee PC 901, the first with Intel's Atom processor. For the first time, the price of the Linux and the Windows model will be the same - although the specs are different.

Available at computer sellers from "late June", the Eee 901 will retail for US$649 (£350)

In addition to the Atom processor, clocked at 1.6GHz, the Eee PC 901 has ASUS' Super Hybrid Engine technology to lengthen battery lifespan, Bluetooth and pre-N Wi-Fi.

Asus claimed the Super Hybrid Engine technology allows users to adjust CPU frequency, voltage and LCD brightness to save up to 15 percent of power consumption, which averages 36 Watts.

The improved 6 cell battery is rated for between 4.2 and 7.8 hrs depending on usage patterns, according to Asus.

Users who choose Windows XP will get a 12GB (4GB built-in, 8GB of flash) of storage space and those opting for the Linux version will get 20GB (4GB built-in, 16GB of flash), built-in speakers, and a microphone.

The 901 is 22.5 cm wide, 17.5 cm deep and weighs 1.1 kilograms.

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