Looks like it was not completely true that the ASUS would completely rule out the 8.9-inch netbooks despite what the recent reports have been indicating so far. At CeBIT 2009, Shih said that the customers these days prefer the 10.2-inch models over the smaller models. This clearly indicates that most of the customers are looking for bigger screens and better keyboards.
Although, he made it completely care that the company is no longer going to concentrate on 7-inch EEE PC. Personally, I still believe that by using 7-inch screens in the netbooks, they can unveil even tinier EEEs (if they do not cover the sides with the speakers).