DigiTimes is running a report that Asustek is looking at making the Eee line an independent brand of low-cost devices, by the end of the third quarter of 2008 (according to industry sources).
This would include the 9-inch Asus Eee PC 900 as well as the 7-inch Asus Eee PC “netbooks” or ultraportable notebooks.
They would be joined by a low-cost Eee desktop-based system (aka E-DT) as well as a digital TV-based system (E-TV).
On top of that, and more interesting to those of us following ultraportables, they mention that besides the 10-inch Eee PC model (reported on earlier this month, and that DigiTimes is calling the Asus Eee PC 1001), that there will be an 11-inch Eee PC joining the Eee PC lineup. They are talking about this rolling out before the end of the year.
This would be the first 11-inch “netbook” but I would almost hesitate to call it that – you could do quite a bit with that form factor if you went after cheap components (with the opposite end of the spectrum being the 11-inch Lenovo IdeaPad U110) but that’s pushing the concept.
While this is all according to “industry sources”, DT has been accurate with other products in this field.