ASUS EEE PC X101 Meego Netbook release date confirmed in July; Priced as $199

ASUS showed off their ultra portable netbook running the MeeGo OS called the Eee PC X101 at Computex 2011 just a few weeks ago and now it appears the company will be releasing it to the public next month. In July, you’ll be able to buy the Meego units at $199, while the Windows version will be priced at $310 and $350.

The ASUS Eee PC X101 netbook is able to start so low thanks to an open-source operating system and budget hardware. Inside the $199 X101 one can find a single-core 1.33 GHz Intel Atom N453 processor and 16GB of flash memory based storage. The laptop is said to weigh just 950 grams and measure 17.6mm thick.

The $199 model is the entry-level ASUS Eee PC X101, there will be a Windows 7 based model with slightly different features for $310. The Windows 7 model will be named ASUS Eee PC X101H. Inside the only difference between the Windows 7 model and the MeeGo model will be a Hard Disk Drive for main system storage.

It’ll have an 8GB SSD, expandable using Micro SD cards; 2GB of memory; 2.4GHz 802.11n and Bluetooth; and a pair of USB 2.0 slots. Don’t expect much in the way of battery life: the X101 will come with a three-cell power pack.

And it should be available in three colors – white, red and gold.

Other branded notebook vendors including Acer, Lenovo and Samsung Electronics also plan to launch Atom N435/MeeGo-based netbooks soon, said the sources, noting that the Atom 435 netbooks released by Asustek and Acer will also support Intel’s AppUp Center technology.

Check out ASUS EEE PC X101 hand-on video from Computex 2011,