Eee PCs 903 and 904 Headed Our Way?

Could ASUS finally be listening to our complaints about the tiny keyboard on the 901? DigiTimes and Engadget reported this morning that “Asustek Computer is planning to launch new Eee PC models, the 904 and 905, which have an 8.9-inch panel but use a similar chassis and keyboard as the company’s 10.2-inch models.” Of course that was just a rumor, until my friend Sascha over at EeePCNews.de posted some pictures of what looks to be an Eee PC 903 and Eee PC 904 (links in German). The Eee PC 903 (picture after the jump) looks puzzling. It seems to lose the fancy build of the 901 including the silver hinge and dedicated shortcut buttons along the top of the keyboard. It resembles the Eee PC 900 more than anything else. Could this be a cheaper 8.9-inch Eee PC with Atom? Is this move designed to make the Eee PC more price competitive with the MSI Wind?

From the looks of it the Eee PC 904 sports the same chassis as the Eee PC 1000, but has an 8.9-inch screen and along with that comes a larger keyboard. Perhaps those are speakers on the side of the Eee PC 904′s screen, a flash back to the original 7-inch Eee PCs. Unfortunately, it also looks like ASUS still has the right Shift key in the wrong place. We are unsure if the rumored 905 has the same build as the 904 with different specs.

We got all the pictures below. Check them out. We will bring you more details as we get them.



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  1. Jayayess1190 Says:

    I like the 903. I have wanted an Atom version of the EEE, but would rather buy the Dell E over the 901 du to price. If the 903 is cheap and features Atom, an 8GB SSD, and maybe n wireless (I don’t need bluetooth), then I might buy it.

  2. Brandon Says:

    Fix the keyboard Asus! The right shift key needs your support! I think people will sacrifice the size of the arrow keys for that right shift key to be positioned correctly. Its about the only that is still being neglected in my opinion. Asus already stated that the 10” was the max, so they are following the plan be refining some of the other models.

  3. James Says:

    Why fix the keyboard. I have an never will use the right hand shift, whereas I constantly use the arrow keys and cannot stand them being tiny… so remove the right shift all together and make the arrow keys larger…

    If this layout is correct however, I’ll be getting a 901, otherwise ye might as well the the 1000..

    Just my five cents…

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