The new Asus Eee PC 1000HE is available for preorder. So should you care? Maybe. It’s got a marginally better processor than old Eees along with a purported 9.5 hours of battery life.
The Eee 1000HE features a 10-inch screen, 160GB hard drive, 10GB online storage, (1GB RAM?) and an Atom N280 processor—similar to the 1.6GHz we’ve been seeing but now taking a front side bus boost to 667MHz from the 553MHz of the N270. Also, a new high capacity battery promises 9.5 hours of battery life, assuming the screen is at 40% brightness, Wi-Fi off, Bluetooth off and camera disabled. I guess 9.5 hours is possible, but given my other experiences with netbooks, in real world application we’ll see that number drop dramatically.