Asus sells Seashell on the Eee shore

Taiwanese vendor Asustek has finally rolled out its “Seashell” Eee 1008HA. a netbook powered by an Intel Atom chip and with a 10-inch LED LCD display.

The machine comes with 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive and a pile of ports. The thing weighs 2.4 pounds and Asus claims it will provide six hours of battery life using a six cell lithium polymer battery.

The unit is only one inch thin, and is called the Seashell because it’s finish is like, er a seashell. It will sell in the USA for $429.

Asus showed the machine off at the last CeBIT in Hannover and has a number of features designed to keep it thin, including a pull out Ethernet port.

The Eee 1008HA is designed to compete with a spate of other netbooks being delivered by the usual suspects such as Acer, Dell and Lenovo. There have been indications that the netbook “wave” is slowing down, but the Seashell is unlikely to be washed up by the receding tide, most pundits think.