Asustek has officially started promoting the new 10″ Asus Eee PC 1000HE. It’s one of the first netbooks to feature an Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz CPU. How much of an impact the N280 is on battery life has yet to be seen, but Asustek is making a pretty bold claim – up to 9.5 hours of battery life. The new CPU allows for a faster 667MHz front side bus (FSB) – the N270 had a 533MHz FSB.
A major part of Asustek’s claim about the 1000HE’s battery life involves ASUS’ Super Hybrid Engine which helps regulate battery power by monitoring how the machine is being used and scaling back on the CPU speed, etc., in order to reduce battery consumption. An even bigger part is probably the included 6-cell battery which has been described as “high density”. We’ve seen 3rd parties offering replacement batteries for various netbooks in a higher capacity while maintaining the same number of cells, so it’s not surprising that an Asus Eee PC model would be rolled out at some point with a similar battery.
It was announced at CES at the same time as the 10″ Eee PC 1000HDN (which has not shown up for pre-order). It was added to Amazon.com today for pre-order in the US:
– Asus Eee PC 1000HE (EPC1000HE-BLK005X) – Amazon – Black
– Asus Eee PC 1000HE (EPC1000HE-BLU002X) – Amazon – Blue
– Intel Atom N280 (1.66GHz), 667MHz FSB
– 160GB HDD
– 802.11n wireless
– Bluetooth 2.0 standard
– Multi-touch Touchpad
– Two colors – black or blue
– 10GB of Eee Online Storage
– Windows XP Home