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Computex: Asus Has Two X101 Designs, Considering ARM Option

We had a close encounter earlier today with the Eee PC X101 which is going to be Asus' ultra cheap entry level notebook, in other words, the heir to the Eee PC 700 which was launched four years ago.

There will be two versions of the X101 we're told. The X101H will be the Windows version shipping with the Starter edition complete with what Asus calls "dual OS Express Gate cloud".

It is slightly thicker than the X101 and comes with Intel Atom N435 CPU (although the model on the stand comes with the 1.66GHz Atom N455 CPU), 1GB RAM, a 250GB Seagate/Hitachi hard disk drive, two USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an SD card reader and a DSub port.

The X101 has 8GB onboard storage (SSD) and a microSD card reader. We're told that the X101H will carry a yet-to-be-determined premium over the X101 but will remain the cheapest Windows Eee PC netbook from Asus.

Even more interesting is the fact that Asus has been tinkering with an ARM-based version of the X101. No news as to whether it will ever be released but given the fact that the X101 has a few flaws (for e.g. no 3G modem and the use of the old Pinetrail-based Intel N435), we'd dearly want to see a Transformer-like laptop from Asus with ARM & Honeycomb.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.