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