If you were curious about the size of the upcoming 13-inch MSI X-Slim X340, compared to a mainstream “slim” ultraportable such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X301, look no further than NewGadgets.de, a German website that has posted a photo comparison of the two (along with an iPhone 3G).
The X340 is one of the first ultraportable laptops based on Intel’s Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) platform. It is considerably thin, especially when sitting next to, or back-to-back with the X301. In defense of the X301, it could and should be argued that it is oriented towards a different market and maybe a little more durable (because of the chassis), and you do pay a price for that. It’s also got a dual-core CPU while the X340 is sporting an Intel Core Solo.
On the other hand, the X340 is going to cost around half as much as the X301.