"In early June, Asustek Computer and Intel announced at Computex
Taipei that they would soon be releasing a low-end $199 subnotebook
PC, the Asus Eee PC 701. It appears to be on schedule, and when it
arrives in customers' hands in late August or early September it
will be running a variation of Xandros Desktop Linux.
"At a fraction of the cost of most laptops, the Asus Eee PC cuts
corners on features. Still, Intel and Asustek are certain that
there's a growing market for low-priced subnotebooks. In an IDC
analysis of the U.S. consumer PC market, Richard Shim, IDC's
research manager for personal computing, said, 'We believe the
consumer PC market segment is in the midst of a major change that
will push notebook penetration further into the mainstream
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