Asus unveiled a new Eee PC, which features a faux alligator-skin casing, at CES this week.

The Eee PC 1008P (Karim Rashid Collection) features a 10.1in screen with LED backlight, and uses Microsoft's Windows 7 Starter OS and Intel's new Atom N450 (Pine Trail) microprocessor.

Asus commissioned New York designer Karim Rashid, known for designing luxury goods and interior decor at restaurants and hotels, to create the outer shell. Rashid's vision was a reptile-like texture in two colours: hot pink and brown gold.

The Asus EeePC 1008P has faux alligator-skin casing and slide-out battery

A unique aspect of the design is a compartment on the bottom of the device where the netbook's long, thin battery can be slid out and replaced with another battery for longer run time.

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The company said a second battery would have to be purchased separately from the original device. The company did not say how many lithium ion cells are inside the battery but rated it for six hours of play time.

The netbook comes with 1GB of DDR2 memory as well as a 250GB hard drive for storage. It has built in WiFi, 802.11n, as well as Bluetooth 2.1 and optional wireless connectivity via 3G or WiMax.

N90 widescreen laptop

Asus also launched the N90 Bang & Olufsen widescreen laptop.

The laptop has an 18.4in high-definition screen with 1920x1080 resolution and speakers on either side of the screen that extend a few inches out to the side and all along the display, from top to bottom.

The wide screen and added speakers make the display top larger than the keyboard/computer side of the laptop, so when closed it looks like an oversized lid.

The Asus N90 comes with Bang & Olufsen speakers

A smaller version of the laptop, the N60, has a 16in screen with 1366x768 resolution.

The N90 comes in a variety of configurations, including a range of Intel Core i7 and Core i5 microprocessors, 64bit Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional or Home Premium OSs, up to 12GB of DDR3 memory and support for two hard drives and up to 1.28TB of storage.

The choice of on-board optical drives includes a Blu-ray Combo drive or a DVD Super Multi drive.

The laptop also comes with a built-in 2Mp webcam. It weighs 4.8kg with a six-cell battery.

Pricing and shipping dates were not immediately available.

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