IFA 2014: ASUS resurrects Eee brand with ASUS EeeBook X205

ASUS Eeebook X205

Along with introducing the ASUS ZenWatch smartwatch today at its IFA 2014 press event, ASUS also resurrected its Eee brand of inexpensive laptops. The US$199 ASUS EeeBook X205 laptop runs Windows 8.1 with Bing and appears to be squarely aimed at Google’s Chromebooks.

EeeBook X205 is an affordable, chic and compact 11.6-inch laptop that weighs less than 1kg and is designed for on-the-go students and young professionals. Powered by Windows 8.1 with Bing — for maximum application compatibility — EeeBook X205 offers users a convenient smartphone-like experience, thanks to its use of Connected Standby technology. Connected Standby enables almost-instant resume from sleep mode and gives users an enhanced internet experience, as they are always connected to all their social apps and email — even when X205 is in standby mode.

ASUS kicked off the trend of inexpensive netbooks back in 2007 and released a wide range of devices under the umbrella of the Eee brand before retiring it in 2012. The new EeeBook features similar specifications to those you would find on a Chromebook. It even comes with a similar offer of 100GB of cloud storage (via OneDrive) for two years.

ASUS EeeBook X205 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.83GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 with Bing
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi,Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display: 11.6-inch HD (1,366×768)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB/64GB
  • External storage: MicroSD cards up to 64GB
  • Rear-facing camera: None
  • Front-facing camera: VGA
  • Ports: 3.5mm audio jack, 2 USB 2.0 ports, micro-HDMI out
  • Battery: 38Wh
  • Dimensions: 286 × 193.3 × 17.5 millimeters
  • Weight: 980 grams
  • Colours: Black, White, Red, Gold

ASUS did not provide specific availability details for the ASUS EeeBook X205 but we can expect to see in time for the holiday shopping season.

Source : ASUS