The models announced at the MSI press conference in France are the U110, U115, as well as the previously mentioned U120H.
The additions to their Wind netbooks include the following:
– Integrated 3G in certain models (U120H)
– Hybrid hard drives for some models (using both mechanical and flash-based storage)
– A move to Intel’s Paulsbo platform (Intel SCH US15W)
– 6-cell batteries look to become standard
– 250GB HDD options added
– Easyface software (facial recognition)
The move to Paulsbo increases the video capabilities (decoding, etc.), while dropping the power requirements (and adding to the battery life).
The U120H will keep the Intel 945GSE platform while the U110 (which appears to be replacing the Wind U100). With the chipset changes, they are talking about a battery life of 8 hours with a 6-cell battery on the U110. Whether that’s real world or marketing, we’ll find out sometime in 2009.
The U115 is the hybrid and will have a conventional (rotating) 80GB – 250GB Serial ATA (SATA) HDD combined with an 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB Solid State Drive (SSD).