It looks like the 13.4″ MSI X-Slim X320 won’t be going up against the 13.3″ Apple MacBook Air after all. The MacBook Air has a full (albeit lower voltage) Intel Core 2 Duo powering it, versus the single-core Intel Atom powering the X320, leaving the X320 trailing the MacBook Air when it comes to performance.
MSI plans on an X-Slim laptop that will be using regular, higher-powered Intel CPUs, that will be able to compete with the MacBook Airs. Vincent Sung, assistant Vice President of MSI’s notebook research and development mentioned the ultraportable in comments to PC World.
While the X320s are expected to sell for less than $1,000 USD, the high-powered X-Slim laptops will be sold for over $1,000 USD. They will also be loaded with Microsft Windows Vista Premium. How much larger such a device will be over the X320 remains to be seen.
Read: PC World