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Asus Touts EEE PC S101 Laptop as Macbook Air Slayer

In its attempt to take on Apple’s Macbook Air, Asus has come up with a super-slim and light netbook in the guise of new Asus Eee PC S101.

Sporting with 10.2-inch wide screen, the new device includes Intel Atom Processor, an in-built 4-in-1 card reader, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, RJ-45 Ethernet socket, three USB ports and an improved battery that offers backup for five hours.

In addition, the first S101 netbook comes loaded with Windows XP Home version with a basic 1GB memory and 16GB upgradeable SSD, and the company is expected to offer two Linux versions, with 32GB or 64GB SSD, in a couple of weeks.

Asus claimed the new S101 netbook as “a successful melding of fashion and functionality” and with its sleek dimensions and light weight, the device proves to be a cheaper alternative for Macbook Air.

The new gadget will be available in a variety of colours including, champagne, graphite and brown and is expected to hit the floor in early November.

The price tag of the device will be around GBP449.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.