TweakTown has some more details about MSI’s upcoming Wind notebook, one of the latest in the line of Asus Eee competitors. So far, the specs look pretty good and the relatively large 10-inch screen and 12-inch wide keyboard are welcome additions.
According to TweakTown…
“Shipping in mid to late May, the U100 ships with your choice of Windows XP or Linux and will get its power from an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor based on a motherboard using the 945GMS + ICH7M chipsets. It supports up to 2GB of DDR2 667 memory and includes an 80GB 2.5” SATA hard drive. It sports a 10” WSVGA LCD with a wide screen resolution of 1024 x 600 which MSI claims is going to be much better for web surfing compared to Eee. MSI makes notable mention of the 12” wide keyboard which should be much easier to work with compared to smaller keyboards – each letter key measures 17.5mm wide and the touch pad is 54mm wide.
You’ll also get a 4-in-1 card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, GB network port, 802.11B/G wireless and Bluetooth V2.0 EDR. As far as multimedia goes, you’ll get HD audio through its stereo speakers and a 1.3MP camera (0.3MP on the 8.9” model which comes later).
You get a choice between 3 cell and 6 cell batteries and with the 3 cell battery installed, the whole system weighs less than 1KG and measures 260*180*19-31.5mm.”
The mid to late May launch will beat a few other companies to the punch, as many of these little notebooks will be hitting shelves sometime in June. The biggest factor here will be price. Early reports have pegged the Wind at between $471 and $1100, depending on the chosen configuration. It’ll be interesting to see what the base model brings to the table, as that’s the one that’ll have to compete with most of the rest.