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.