Everyone’s into cheap ultra-portables now. ECS and MSI already announced their versions. This new one is called Gecko (designed by Norhtec) — an energy efficient, rugged, and highly compatible laptop. Check out the pics and specs after the jump.
At 7 inches, it follows the Asus Eee PC with an 800 x 480 pixel screen size. It also has a built-in WIFI, LASN port, 3-in-1 memory card reader, 256 MB DDR 2 RAM (up to 1GB RAM) and 4GB SSD or a 40 GB HDD.
Pretty much like the Eee PC right? This UMPC is powered by a 1GHz VIA C7M CPU and will last about 3.5 hours of battery life. You can have Linux or Windows installed as an OS but by default, it will come with Linpus Lite Linux pre-installed.
From the announcement in their site, it looks like this machine is already in its final testing phase in their Nigerian office and would have been on display during the recent CES 2008. The 40GB HDD version will be priced under $300 but models will come with the default 4GB Solid State Drive (the 40GB option is nice!).
So far, this the the closest commercial model to the Asus Eee PC I’ve ever seen and the pricing is also very competitive.