The Asus Eee PC 701 was first announced at the 2007 Taiwan Computex. At less than 1 kg and measuring only 225 × 165 × 21~35 mm, it took the industry by storm with its use of solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of conventional hard drives as well as a Linux distro instead of Microsoft Windows. With a tag line of "Easy to learn, easy to work, easy to play" it was targeted at the so-called 2nd billion market - people who still do not own or use computers, meaning just about anyone around the world. It was also viewed as Asus' response to the Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project.
At the Intel Developer Forum 2007, Asus demonstrated the Eee PC, and listed specifications for four models of the Eee PC, ranging in price from US$199 to US$399. Of significance was the low-end price of US$199, which effectively redefined the established paradigm of adding a premium to miniaturization.
However, it took several months before Asus was finally able to deliver the Eee PC. In September 2007 the final pricing and specifications were announced and these differed from the initial announcements. The price rose to US$245 while the size of the included SDD was reduced from 4GB to 2GB, the VGA camera was dropped, and the included RAM was halved to 256 MB.
Then on October 13, 2007 the ASUS website revised the specifications again. It changed the model numbers 700 and 701 to Eee PC 4G, 4G Surf, and 2G Surf. The Surf series differed from the 4G in that some units had soldered RAM and do not have an access cover for the RAM. Three days later, on Asus finally released the Eee PC 701 4G in Taiwan. Three additional models followed.
A MS Windows XP version was announced for released by year-end 2007. Actual delivery was in January 2008.
ASUS sold over 300,000 units in 2007, and projects to sell several million in 2008.
|Model||Eee PC 701 |
|Display||7" (17.8" cm) 800x480 TFT LCD with LED backlight |
|Dimensions||225 x 165 x 21~35 mm (8.9 x 6.5 x 0.9~1.4 in) |
|Body Finish ||Colors: Pearl White (non-Surf only), Pure White (Surf only), Galaxy Black, Lush Green, Sky Blue, Blush Pink|
|Weight||920 g ( 2 lb 1/2 oz)|
|Price||4G Surf US$349.99|
|Chipset||Intel 910GML series |
|Graphics||Integrated Intel GMA 900 |
|RAM||4G/4G Surf - 512 MB DDR2-533/667, max 2GB |
8G - 1 GB DDR2-533/667, max 2GB
|Storage||4G/4G Surf - 4GB SSD |
8G - 8GB SSD
|Camera||4G Surf - none |
4G/8G - 0.3MP, 640 x 480 max, 30 fps max
|Audio Chip ||Realtek ALC6628 Hi-Def Audio 5.1 CODEC |
|Speakers||Built-in stereo |
|Audio Ports ||Microphone In, Headphone jack |
|USB||3 USB 2.0 |
|Card Reader ||MMC/SD/SDHC |
|Modem||Non-functional, empty |
|Video ||VGA, up to 1600 x 1280 |
|Connectivity ||10/100 Mbit Ethernet (Attansic L2) |
802.11b/g WLAN mini PCI-E (Atheros)
|Expansion ||2 PCI Express Mini Card slots (one used); |
second unavailable in newer models
|Pointing Device ||Touchpad with singl bar (dual function) |
|Others ||Kensington lock slot |
|O.S. ||Xandros with KDE and IceWM or |
MS Windows XP with MS Works and
Windows Live Suite
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