Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has been unveiling yet another netbook under the EEE PC banner and again, it is only a variation of an existing model.
The 1002HAE has an aluminium enclosure, which makes it look and feel posher than its plastic-based little brothers, and is basically an evolution of the 1002HA.
Apart from the aluminium outer finish, the HAE also introduces a new Atom Processor, the 1.66GHz N280, marginally faster than the 1.6GHz of the N270 and drops the weight to 1.2Kg.
The rest of the features remains hopelessly the same, as for most other mainstream netbooks: you get 1GB RAM, a 160GB hard disk drive, WiFi, a 1.3MP camera, a 3.8-hour battery life and a 10-inch 1024x600 pixel LED display.
It will be launched in Japan for around $500 (roughly £350) mid May and will be available in blue, red and black. No news about whether it will be available in other territories.
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I've counted 23 (yes 23) EEE PC netbooks on Asus's comparison list. This obsolete list does not include the 1008 series or the HAE. This strategy of "divide to conquer" could well backfire if consumers get confused by the bewildering number of options on the market as well as ever mounting prices.
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