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Eee PC Seashell gets official
Will be sold as the 1008HA
Asus has released a lot more details about its upcoming Eee PC 1008HA also known as the Seashell and although we've already covered most of the details already, there are a few interesting snippets of information contained in the press release.
As we already knew, the 1008HA will use the Atom N280 processor, but Asus keeps being coy when it comes to information about the chipset, which we're guessing will be the older 945GSE rather than the GN40. It's also a shame that Asus doesn't seem to be offering any kind of SSD options for the 1008HA, as it will only come with a 5,400rpm 160GB 2.5-inch SATA hard drive.
We knew that the 1008HA would come with 802.11b/g/n WiFi, but we didn't have details of which kind of Bluetooth support it would feature and the good news is that it will ship with Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. There's still no word on the potential 3G/HSDPA/WiMAX models that were rumoured, but this will likely come at a later stage. Also of interest is the mini VGA connector, we're not quite sure what this is and the press release doesn't reveal any additional information about it.
The card reader on the 1008HA will only accept MMC and SD/SDHC cards which is a bit of a shame, but at least it has two USB 2.0 ports and an Ethernet port. To keep the weight down Asus has gone for a Lithium-Polymer battery, the kind usually found in mobile phones and Asus claims it's good up to 6h of usage.
At 262x178x18-25.7mm (WxDxH) the 1008HA isn't the thinnest netbook, or even the thinnest Eee PC, but it's unlikely that anyone will complain, especially as the 1008HA only weighs 1.1kg. It will also be available in a selection of colours which consists of white, black, blue, pink, sapphire blue and ruby red.
You can find the press release here
Asus shows off the Eee PC 1008HA