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Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.
- The Wizard of Oz

The new Eee PC will have a bigger 8.9-inch screen, not the current 7 incher. The resolution of the larger screen is 1024×600, which will address one of the most common complaints on the current Eee. A WiMAX-powered EEe PC is expected to be announced by Asus and Intel at the CES show in Las Vegas next week. Pricing may be closer to $499 versus the $399 of today’s Wi-Fi only version.

According to the Commercial Times, the current 7″ panels used in the Eee PC cost $40 USD. The larger 8.9″ panels are estimated to cost between $55 to $60 USD. The current Eee PC uses a 90nm, 900MHz Celeron M processor running at 630MHz. But this year, Intel’s Menlow platform with a 45nm Silverthorne processor promises ten times the power efficiency of first generation UMPCs using Intel Celeron M, Pentium M and A100/A110 processors.

The Eee PC is currently available in a variety of models including the 4g and 8G, 2G Surf and 4G Surf . Pricing ranges from $299 USD for the Eee PC 2G Surf on up to $499 USD for the Eee PC 8G.

Model Name Eee PC 8G Eee PC 4G Eee PC 4G Surf Eee PC 2G Surf
Display 7″ 7″ 7″ 7″
Intel CPU & Chipset ? ? ? ?
Operating System Linux
Windows XP compatible
Linux
Windows XP compatible
Linux
Windows XP compatible
Linux
Windows XP compatible
Ethernet Communication ? ? ? ?
WLAN ? ? ? ?
Memory 1G (DDR2) 512 MB (DDR2) 512 MB (DDR2) 512 MB (DDR2)
S.S.D. Storage (Solid-State Disk) 8G 4G 4G 2G
Camera ? ? - -
Audio Hi-Definition audio

Stereo speaker
Microphone

Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Microphone
Hi-Definition audio

Stereo speaker
Microphone

Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Microphone
Battery 4 Cells: 5200 mAh, 3.5hrs* 4 Cells: 5200 mAh, 3.5hrs* 4 Cells: 4400 mAh, 2.8hrs* 4 Cells: 4400 mAh, 2.8hrs*
Weight 0.92 kg 0.92 kg 0.92 kg 0.92 kg
* Specification changes are subject to different models
* Actual battery life will depend on actual operations and other settings.
* Product contains software under GPL license agreement

Meanwhile FIC is saying that US and European shipments of their $300 – $400 UPMC will begin in Q1 of 2008 and will include either Windows XP or Linux preloads on a 1.8-inch 30GB disk.

FIC is also sheparding Open Moko, an open platform similar to Google’s Android.

Microvision’s “pico” projector is handheld, stand-alone video projector is capable of projecting a 12-inch to 100-inch, 848 x 480 WVGA image for up to 2.5 hours on a single charge.

The device is made for media-rich mobile devices.

Microvision claims it can replace TI’s million-mirror MEMS chip with its own single-mirror MEMS chip, which Microvision claims can be produced cheaply enough to become standard equipment on future cell phones. No focusing lens is required, because the lasers render razor-sharp points without external optics.

The company expects the unit to be initially offered in stand-alone portable projectors you attach to an iPod during 2008. It plans to embed its PicoP chip projector in a variety of consumer electronics.

Why not project real-time transit information on every bus stop?

Hook it up to a WiMAX-powered Eee PC and solar power the whole thing. And your community Wi-Fi, too.

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