A very good article was posted on LAPTOP Magazine’s blog concerning MSI’s upcoming plans for January’s 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), as well as their general plans going into the first part of 2009. The information came from a discussion with MSIâ€™s Director of U.S. Sales Andy Tung.
– MSI Wind U100 and U120 will be “parallel products” – the U120 won’t be replacing the U100 and will instead be sold alongside it (the U120 has a new design).
– The Wind U110 and U115 (end of January 2009) will have Intel’s new platform, Silverthorning, with the Intel Atom Z530 CPU.
– The U115 will have both an internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AND a conventional hard drive which allows for some interesting power-saving options.
– A touch-enabled Wind will be demonstrated at CES 2009 (no idea if it’s a convertible or not).
Also, MSI will be revealing a 13.3″ U300 (not to be confused with Toshiba’s U300 series). All that we know is that it will be thin and light and that people will be “shocked”.
The Intel Atom Z530 is an interesting upgrade, as it supports hardware virtualization and slightly lower power consumption (around 20% lower). It was originally geared for MIDs.
Read: LAPTOP Magazine