ASUS has officially announced its “big boy” netbook, which is part of the thin and light Seashell line. With an 11.6-inch display, I would have called it the Conch, but what do I know? It’s just a bigger screen, but there are more pixels than a patch of plankton, too: the resolution is 1366 x 768. ASUS inserts a 160GB hard drive but also offers 10GB of online Eee Storage because everyone could use a little more cloud in their lives.
The 1101HA is powered by an Intel Atom (Z-series, not N-series) paired with one gigabyte of memory. ASUS is claiming a battery life of up to 11 hours, but I’m bit skeptical about that, even with a 6-cell battery. The larger screen is sure to offset any power efficiency gains made by using the Silverthorne Atom chipset. But if I could get 7-8 hours, I’d be happy. More would be a bonus. Holding this up to my ear and hearing the ocean would be the ultimate. I haven’t seen any official word on price or availability yet.