The low-cost PC with the funny name – Asus' Eee – has just got a larger screen and more storage space.

The Eee PC 900, unveiled at CeBIT, sports an 8.9-inch screen, compared to the 7-inch display on the original. It also boasts a 12GB, solid-state disk drive (SSD), which is 50 percent greater than the largest drive on current machines.

With the new sub-notebook added to the Eee series, Asus hopes to increase sales – from a total 350,000 units since its launch in June to between 3 million and 5 million this year.

SSDs are replacements for hard-disk drives that store data on flash memory. They offer better performance and lower power consumption but are more expensive.

Other features of the new Eee PC 900 include 1GB of memory, Ethernet connection, 802.11b/g wireless LAN, 1.3-megapixel camera and a card reader for MMC, SD and SDHC memory cards. About 3.5 hours of battery life is expected from the computer's 4-cell battery, said Asus.

Like its predecessors, the machine runs Linux. It's due on sale in mid-2008 and will cost €399 (£306).

The basic Eee PC model is available in four configurations with varying SSD storage capacities from 2GB to 8GB.

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