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Computex: Asus Debuts £150 Super Sexy X101 Netbook With Meego & Unknown Atom

Asus has unveiled the Eee PC, X101, its first Meego based product and the first official one from a major manufacturer based on the Intel-backed operating system.

The device has a wing-shaped inspired design with a maximum thickness of 17.6mm down to 3mm at the front and weighs a mere 950g.

Unsurprisingly, it is based on an Intel Atom based processor - the yet to be released N435 - although Meego is, in theory, compatible with other architectures as well.

The N435, we believe, is a 45nm Pineview part clocked at 1.5GHz with 512KB cache, DDR2 memory and a TDP likely to be around 4.5W.

From the outside, the X101 looks like any other ultra portable device; it has a rather large bezel with the distinctive Eee PC logo, a front facing camera and five-row chiclet keyboard (complete with Windows keys ;-) and an extra large touchpad and a huge power button.

Powered by a two cell Lithium Ion 28Whr battery, it supports a two second instant-on resume. One thing we've noticed is the number of slits underneath the laptop itself, possibly to ease cooling.

Asus has also bundled in its own Asus @Vibe and Asus App store for what Asus describes as "cloud content enjoyment".

Other features that we observed are two USB ports, Wi-Fi, a 10.1-inch WSVGA display, one audio-out port and an HDMI port. There's apparently no SD card reader. Availability has yet to be confirmed but if this baby manages to pack a 3G modem and has a great battery life, it will be a winner.

The X101 will also be available with HDD and Windows; it will be available from $199 which should translate into UK street prices of under £150.

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.