|From InfoWorld: Asustek Computer (Asus) plans to launch as many as three new Eee PC netbook models in the next few months as shipments of the popular devices take off.
The Taiwanese computer maker estimates it will sell between 1.5 million and 1.8 million Eee PCs in the third quarter, up from 1 million in the second quarter.
The figures show that the market for netbooks continues to heat up. Asus launched the first netbook last October, the original Eee PC with a 7-inch screen. In the first quarter, the company reported selling 700,000 Eee PCs.
Netbooks, or mini-laptops, are a new breed of device designed for mobility and surfing the Internet. They normally weigh about 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs), have 7-inch to 10-inch LCD screens, carry long lasting batteries and connect wirelessly to the Internet. They generally cost far less than the average notebook PC as well, at between $199 and $599.
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