Laptop Magazine, the same folks that were behind the interview with Asus CEO Jerry Shen that revealed new details about the upcoming ASUS Eee PC 900, are reporting that the Windows XP version of the first generation Eee will go on sale in the U.S. in the first half of April.
Hardware specifications (900MHz Celeron processor 4GB SSD, 7-inch 800×480 display, and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi) are the same as those of the Linux Xandros version but it will run Windows XP Home Edition instead. XP does take up some 1.8GB of the 4GB SSD, according to a review done by Laptop Magazine. Fortunately, ASUS will apparently bundle a 4GB SDHC card with the Eee to alleviate the storage limitation.
Best Buy will begin to offer the Windows XP ASUS Eee PC 4G on April 9th for USD$399. It’s not clear what other channels will also offer it and when.