ASUS announced the launch of their latest netbook, the Eee PC X101, which also happens to be the thinnest and lightest netbook in the world. For now. The Eee PC X101 weighs in just 907 grams and measures 17.6mm thick, with the screen itself coming to 10.1 inches.
Packed inside this ultra-slim chassis is an Intel Atom N435 processor with 1GB RAM and an 8GB SSD. Two USB 2.0 ports, a MicroSD reader and a built-in webcam comes as standard.
There will be a X101H model as well, giving users the option to choose between a WIndows 7 Starter OS with 250GB HDD (presumable 5400rpm) or 8GB SSD with the MeeGo OS. Both versions are slated to be out in the Middle East in the next month, while pricing isn’t officially available, expect it to be around AED 850 as pre-orders in the US have started for $200 to $226.
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ASUS Launches the Eee PC X101, the World’s Thinnest and Lightest
Designed to keep users connected to their favorite sites quickly and easily at an
Dubai, UAE September 13, 2011 — ASUS has launched the Eee PC X101 netbook, the
world’s thinnest and lightest netbook. Announced earlier this year at Computex, the X101
has a super thin 17.6mm profile and weighs a mere 920g so it is easily slipped in to bags for
superior portability. Preloaded with the new MeeGo operating system, the X101 allows users
to stay connected to their favorite social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and more. This is
the perfect netbook as a first computer for kids, teens, as well as students. The Eee PC X101
will arrive in the Middle East in late 2011, with price TBA.
The X101 shatters the mold of past netbooks with its super thin profile of 17.6mm and a
lightweight 920g, yet is still equipped with all the standard netbook goods. It features the
latest Intel® Atom™ N435 processor with 1GB of RAM, 2x USB 2.0 ports, a MicroSD Card
reader, built-in webcam and 8GB SSD for quick startup and launch times. ASUS Super
Hybrid Engine (SHE) technology is also built-in to help conserve battery life for the X101,
which is available in a variety of colors including white, black, brown and red.
The new MeeGo OS was developed to help users stay connected through a convenient,
easy to use interface. With specific applications for Facebook, Twitter, as well as a dedicated
instant messaging client, keeping up with friends has never been easier. Google’s Chromium
browser is also built-in to the MeeGo for web surfing, while a variety of cloud-based services
like asus@vibe, the asus appstore and the popular Dropbox online file storage are also
available for use.
Computer aided learning
While the X101 is a great computer to stay connected, it is also a great tool to learn the
world’s international language, English. Offered on the X101 is the British English Language
Learning application, which comes in the form of a content bundle of interactive games,
videos and mp3s which are pre-installed on the X101. Over 300 pieces of material was
developed by English Language Training (ELT) leaders and the British Council, with the
application designed by Intel’s award winning Performance Learning Solutions.
Choice for users
The Eee PC X101 netbook is also offered in the X101H configuration, which comes with the
choice of either Windows® 7 Starter with a 250GB HDD, or MeeGo OS with 8GB SSD. The
X101H model gives users the option to choose the environment they are more comfortable
• Ultra-thin and light for easy portability — just 17.6mm thick and 920g
• Seamless chiclet keyboard & comfortable large touchpad
• MeeGo operating system with comprehensive selection of preinstalled productivity,
entertainment and social networking applications
• Preinstalled British Council English Language Learning software for industry-leading
language learning across all age ranges
• Bundled asus appstore for instant access to applications, ebooks and games, plus
asus@vibe for rich cloud-based entertainment content.