MSI Reveals Various Plans for 2009, Touch Enabled Wind Coming Soon

LaptopMag’s Joanna Stern interviewed MSI U.S.’ Director of Sales Andy Tung regarding the company’s 2009 strategy for their banner product series, the MSI Wind. And among the things planned out by MSI U.S. include, a new design for the U120 with WiMAX/3G options for its U.S. released happening in January 2009, release of both the MSI Wind U110 and U115 at the end of January, launch of a 13.3-inch MSI notebook called U300 which will not be branded as MSI Wind, and a touch-enabled MSI Wind to be launched during the CES 2009. Mr. Tung also said that MSI is not keen on bringing Linux-powered netbook to the U.S.

Mr. Tung also gave the following specs of the MSI Wind U110 and U115.

Wind U110:

  • Z530 Atom Processor
  • 1GB (expandable to 2GB)
  • 10-inch LED backlight
  • 160GB or 250 GB hard drive
  • 6-cell battery
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 1.3 MP or 2MP webcam

Wind U115:

  • Z530 Atom Processor
  • 1GB (expandable to 2GB)
  • 10-inch LED backlight
  • Split SSD/HDD options (16, 32, 64 GB SSD, 160GB or 250GB HDD)
  • 6-cell battery
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 1.3 MP or 2MP webcam

Interestingly despite having the same 6-cell battery, the U110 can give out 8 hours of usage while the U115 can max out up to 10 hours of use. This was maded possible by the Menlow’s architecture which would make the MSI Wind improve on its power consumption.

As for the touch-screen nettops, yes MSI Wind is prepping up a 17, 19 and 22-inch models of this Asus Eee Top rival.

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Written by: Björn A.

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