At a Pepcom press event, Asus showed off a non-working prototype of the upcoming Windows XP-based EPC 1002HA, a 10-inch ultramobile PC (UMPC), comes with a two-cell instead of a four-cell battery that costs $150 less than the $649 price tag on the "deluxe" S101 Eee that debuted in October.
Like the S101, the 1002HA will offer a graphite-colored brush metal exterior, and it will run Windows XP, said Josh Norem, senior technical marketing specialist at Asus. "Linux is going well for us, especially in Europe," Norem told. "But now we're focusing on Windows XP, because a lot of people find it easier to use."
Other specs are the same for both: an Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor, 160 GB hard drive, 1 GB of RAM, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, a 1.3 megapixel camera, an SDHC card reader, Bluetooth wireless, and 3 USB 2.0 card slots. But the 1002HA will use only a two-cell battery, in comparison to the four-cell battery of the S101 and the six-cell battery of the 1002HA's immediate predecessor, the 1000H.
Slated to ship some time in December for $499, the 1002HA will weigh about one pound less than the 1000H, and it will be only 1-inch thick, rather than the 1.5-inches of the 1000H.