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For P20,000 you can get yourself a good phone and laptop

It’s official. The Palm Centro will be retailing for $99.00. Couple this with the ASUS eee ultra mobile PC for a rumored price of $250.00 and you have yourself a fine pair of gadgets to last you a while.


I wrote about the Palm Centro earlier as a in your face approach of Palm to show Apple’s iPhone that affordability is still tantamount in consumers minds. The Centro is targeted towards fresh grads entering their first jobs. The ASUS eee is a “one laptop per child” competitor device that boasts a more impressive line of technical specs. It isn’t meant to be a full laptop but with specs such as WiFi and a webcam, it allows you to be comfortably mobile and still get the job done!

: The ASUS eee has been launched!

Take a look at these detailed specs of both devices:

Palm Centro Technical Specs
320×320 pixel Transflective color touchscreen, supports 16-bit color (up to 65K colors)
Palm OS 5.4.9
Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
64MB available user storage
1.3 megapixels with 2x digital zoom and video capture
Removable 1150mAh, lithium-ion, 3.5 hours talk time, up to 300 hours standby time
microSD card (up to 4GB supported)
Available in Ruby and Onyx


ASUS eee Technical Specs
Display: 7″
Processor: Intel mobile CPU (Intel 910 chipset, 900MHz Dothan Pentium M)
Memory: 512MB RAM
OS: Linux (Asus customized flavor)
Storage: 8GB or 16GB flash hard drive
Webcam: 300K pixel video camera
Battery life: 3 hours using 4-cell battery
Weight: 2lbs
Dimensions: 8.9 in x 6.5 in x 0.82 in – 1.37 in (width x depth x thickness)
Ports: 3 USB ports, 1 VGA out, SD card reader, modem, Ethernet, headphone out, microphone in

It’s three months till Christmas which is more than enough time to start saving for these two great deals!

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

8 replies on “For P20,000 you can get yourself a good phone and laptop”

Hello Asus-EEE and good bye pay check 🙂

Interesting thing about the Asus-EEE it uses Solid state drive flash. And uses a Xandros-based Linux variant running KDE.

The specs are okay, considering that I only want it for word processing and surfing the internet. I can’t wait for ASUS EEE to come to Philippines shores. I just have to see one for myself and decide if I’m going to buy one. But it looks nifty. Something that would easily fit in a shoulder bag.

The Palm Centro is CDMA only and tied with Sprint. We only have GSM in the Philippines so Centro would be useless here.

jim, im aware. usually it won’t take long to port something like this to CDMA. the lock out period is about 90 days with Sprint.

hopefully we’ll see it in Asia by Q1 2008. 🙂

I think the Asus EEE is good, though it doesn’t solve the problem of still having too much gadgets… Hmm. I’d still go for a one-computer for everything approach. Hello MacBook? =)

I wants ’em.

8.9 in x 6.5 in for the Asus — how cute is that? 🙂 And like Prudence, as long as it’s good for word processing and surfing, I’m there.

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