The new models, Eee PC Seashell 1015P and 1015PE, are touted by Asus as “a stylish on-the-go companium for all-day computing”, with an emphasis on cloud computing, as can be seen in one of the sample pictures.
The netbooks will have a 10.1-inch LED Backlight WSVGA screen, Intel Atom Pineview-M N450 chipset, SO-DIMM 1GB DDR2 with a potential to go to 2GB, and between 160 and 320GB hard drive space. It will have a standard QWERTY chiclet keyboard and the whole thing will weigh in at betwen 1.1Kg and 1.25Kg, depending on what options are chosen.
Connectivity wise there will be WiFi and Bluetooth, along with a VGA connector and three USB ports. A card reader will also come as standard.
The most striking thing about these netbooks, however, is the battery life. The 6-cell Li-ion battery pack is advertised as clocking in up to 13.5 hours at 63W/h, which will put the Seashell models at the top of the market for battery life. It achieves this long battery life through the Asus Super Hybrid Engine, which “intelligently adapts and adjusts power settings to give you the CPU performance you need.”
With the focus on cloud computing the 1015P and 1015PE come with an Eee Docking platform that allows access to Asus-exclusive cloud services, such as @Vibe, WebStorage, AP Bank, and LocaleMe.
One of the rather poor features of the new netbooks is the 0.3 megapixel camera. With devices constantly pushing for higher quality photos and videos this camera spec seems rather dated.
The only difference between the 1015P and the 1015PE is cosmetic. The 1015P comes in black, white, or blue, while the 1015PE allows a choice of black, white, blue, or red in matte or black, white, red, or pink in a glossy finish. Nothing too extravagant for what we assume will be an extra price tag on the 1015PE.
A price and release date have yet to be announced.