The Eee PC 1000H has held a special place in our heart (hey, we even got it imported on our own from Taiwan) which is why we are a bit sad to hear that ASUS is going to replace the Eee PC 1000H with the Eee PC 1002HA on U.S soil on December 1. While not good news for the 1000H, replacing the last zero with a 2 and adding an A to the end magically creates a very nice looking netbook. We got a peak at a pre-production 1002HA this morning (so pre-production that it didn’t have a hard drive). The best way to describe it: if the Eee PC 1000H and the Eee PC S101 had a night of passion (compete with Barry White music) and forgot to use the necessary protection the result would be a Eee PC 1002HA.
Taking a lot of design cues from the Eee PC S101, the 1002HA has a thinner profile than the 1000H and we are told is less than an inch thick. And though it leaves out the crystals and the flashy lid, the 1002HA has a brushed aluminum lid and has the same overall styling as the S101.
The Eee PC 1002HA has the same keyboard as the orginal Eee PC 1000H. That damn Shift key is still to the right of the Up arrow though! The trackpad, however, is the same as the S101’s. It is wide and has a single silver bar as a mouse button.
We can’t tell you much more about the netbook since it wouldn’t power on, but it will have the typical netbook specs. Similar to the current configuration of the Eee PC 1000H, it will sport a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive and run Windows XP Home. It will apparently have a two-cell battery, but ASUS still expects it to last about 5 hours. According to ASUS, the Eee PC 1002HA will be available on December 1 and will retail for $499. [flq:64a8b164cd3b42eda4e867927dd31793]