Eee PC supplier Asus has added the N10 at the top end of its range of netbooks. The mini-laptop is aimed people willing to pay more and could replace a regular laptop for some people.

Running Intel's Atom microprocessor, the Asus N10 has a 10.2in screen and comes with any of several Microsoft OSs, including Windows XP, Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, Vista Business and Vista Ultimate.

It also includes several expensive extras including a 1.3-megapixel on-board camera, high-end graphics via a GeForce 9300M graphics card by Nvidia and an external super-multi optical drive for recording and playing DVDs and CDs. Most netbooks come with low-end webcams, standard graphics and no optical drives.

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Asustek added its embedded Express Gate OS to the N10 so people can boot up to a screen with some of their favourite applications in just 8 seconds. For increased login security, the device comes with facial recognition capabilities.

Asustek representatives said the N10 will be launched in Europe, the US and Asia in October, but they declined to say how much the netbook will cost.

The N10 can hold up to 2GB of DRAM, will come with a choice of hard disk drives - 160GB, 250GB or 320GB - and a 3-cell or 6-cell battery.

The device will be able to connect wirelessly to other gadgets via Bluetooth 2.0 and to the web through Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n.

Asus N10