Fans of the machine that started the netbook craze have got something new to be happy about. Asus announced this morning that they’re upgrading the 901 model to include HSUPA, better known as 3.75G. You know your phone that does 3G? Or your mate’s smartphone that does 3.5G? This is better.
HSUPA stands for High-Speed Uplink Packet Access, and is a form of wireless connectivity that can support data transfer at up to 5.76Mbit/s. Asus reckon that this will translate to download and upload speeds of 7.2Mbps and 2Mbps respectively, giving you proper broadband on the go. Of course “on the go” is limited to areas that support 3.75G, which are few and far between. It’s hard enough finding 3G in many areas.
The 3.75G connectivity will start showing up in machines shipping from October onwards. No word a price rise or anything like that, so don’t expect one, but you never know, particularly with a machine as in-demand as the Eee 901.