The more expensive Eee PCs were not given nicknames. The NT$11,100 version launched Tuesday included a built-in camera and speakers, and could carry out simple voice commands such as "computer, access the Internet," or "computer, make a phone call." The more expensive version, NT$13,888 and due out at the end of November, carries an 8G byte flash drive and 1G byte of DDR2 DRAM in addition to features similar to the NT$11,100 version.
Asustek has already received orders for 1 million Eee PCs from a government interested in using them in schools, said Jonathan Tsang, president of sales at the company. He declined to name the customer.
The Eee PCs ship with support for two languages, Chinese and English. Asustek plans to market the Eee PCs in Taiwan initially, and will sell to English-speaking countries and Internet e-commerce Web sites next, a spokeswoman said.