7-inch Eee PC to be phased out

The 7-inch screen sized Eee PC netbook, made by Taiwanese company Asus, is to be phased out in mature markets, according to ZDNet UK.

Company chairman, Jonney Shih, said in a press conference at the CeBIT technology show on Tuesday that the company would be focusing its efforts on 10-inch netbooks, as customers prefer them to the smaller models however, Shih denied reports that Asus would be phasing out its 8.9-inch netbooks as well.

Shih said, "It seems that customers prefer to have a greater screen, which also means a larger keyboard. I still believe we have a good opportunity in 8.9-inch for kids, telecoms [providers] or emerging markets. The seven-inch [netbook] is going to be phased out, although some emerging countries may still have some demand."

The company also announced a slight rebranding of itself and the Eee PC, changing its motto from "Rock Solid. Heart Touching" to "Inspiring Innovation. Persistent Perfection", and changing the meaning of the Eee PC's acronym from "Easy to learn, easy to work, easy to play" to "Easy, excellent, exciting." When Shih was asked by ZDNet UK if he felt that Asus was "at risk of diluting the Eee brand" he said that Asus does not want to "treat the brand as a low-cost notebook concept".

"The PC has to proliferate into [other] digital appliances. It will enable far more people to enjoy the digital life. 'Eee' is a sub-brand to enhance the Asus brand, but also with a little bit of differentiation," he said.

You can read a Neowin review of the 10-inch Asus Eee PC 1000 here.

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wise thinking. the 7 inch was simply too small for any serious use. 8.9" on aspire one is smallest comfortably i think is ideal.

they need to make a laptop where 99% of the flip up panel is the video panel... that would be nice.. hopefully with shrinking bezel sizes and LED lighting this can happen someday

The second version of the OLPC was suppose to be ALL touch screen that folded with the keys appearing on the bottom half in PC mode.

When I saw the original Eee PC w/ the 7 inch screen, I thought...now there is a cool idea.... I'll pick something like that up when I see a little bigger screen and keyboard. Now the 10 inch screen are out, so I picked one up. I think ASUS is reading (at least this customer) correctly. Now if only they'd place that right shift-key in a reasonable spot.

No plans for a 12inch at all? I do love the EeePC but feel it's just a 'tad' too small. If an inch or two bigger and i'd probably buy one as long as they up the SSD storage.

Otherwise it's a very nice piece of kit

An "Inch or two bigger" and it's practically a full-sized laptop.

the 7in screen was never really that popular after the 900 and 901 came out. It was just a matter of time really before the tech got cheap enough.

The huge Bezel on those 7 inch screens just look bad.

shakey_snake said,
An "Inch or two bigger" and it's practically a full-sized laptop.

the 7in screen was never really that popular after the 900 and 901 came out. It was just a matter of time really before the tech got cheap enough.

The huge Bezel on those 7 inch screens just look bad.

The smallest "full-sized" laptop is 14 inches. I think we'll be splitting hairs if a "netbook" is 12 inches, and a laptop is >12 inches. The current body-size and keyboard size of netbooks is perfect IMO. >92% of full-size keyboards is very comfortable for me. I could type on my SAMSUNG NC10 all day without any problems. However, I think they could still put about 0.5" to 1" larger screens on the same body. There is quite a bit of padding around the screen. It is kind of strange (at least at first) for the keyboard to be larger than the screen (as it has been vice-versa for most of my life). But the size of the netbooks is just about right IMO.

Something I'd like to add: they could still shave off about a pound or maybe 2. Mine is about 3 pounds right now.... i wonder if they will ever get to a pound. It may seem like I, now, am splitting hairs... (3 pounds is already very light). However, you don't know how much that saves you when you are lugging it through an airport with all your other crap.

Shadrack said,
The smallest "full-sized" laptop is 14 inches. I think we'll be splitting hairs if a "netbook" is 12 inches, and a laptop is >12 inches.
OK. Fine then. You define the terminology. 1-2 more inches and we're approaching full-on "subnotebook" size.

Either way I think our points are the same: if emzino needs something bigger then he doesn't need a netbook.

Shadrack said,
Something I'd like to add: they could still shave off about a pound or maybe 2. Mine is about 3 pounds right now.... i wonder if they will ever get to a pound. It may seem like I, now, am splitting hairs... (3 pounds is already very light). However, you don't know how much that saves you when you are lugging it through an airport with all your other crap.
I'd guess they're probably as light as they are going to get. My 8.9" eeePC 901 is already about the same weight as a book of the same size.

If you go lighter, then you're probably talking about shaving battery weight, which means you end up carrying your charger with you everywhere.

Shadrack said,

The smallest "full-sized" laptop is 14 inches.

The smallest was and is 12 inches (without counting rare cases).

for example the Dell XPS M1210.

Magallanes said,
The smallest was and is 12 inches (without counting rare cases).
for example the Dell XPS M1210.

QFT.

emzino said,
No plans for a 12inch at all? I do love the EeePC but feel it's just a 'tad' too small. If an inch or two bigger and i'd probably buy one as long as they up the SSD storage.

Otherwise it's a very nice piece of kit


How does "an inch or two" larger than a 7 inch screen equal a 12 inch screen? That would put it at 8 or 9 inches. The size of the Acer Aspire One screen is 8.9 inches, so that would be a good choice for you.