It looks like MSI is getting set to launch a 12-inch Windows 7 netbook from its U200 series. You’ll recall that the company released the Vista-based U210 back in mid-September, and this new one, the U230, appears to be very similar with the exception of the newer operating system and a bumped ATI Radeon GPU.
Let’s run down the specs for good measure:
- AMD Neo X2 MV40 CPU at 1.6GHz
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- AMD Radeon HD3200
- Up to 4GB of RAM
- 12.1-inch LCD at 1366×768
- 160GB/250GB/320GB hard drive options
- 1.3-megapixel webcam
- Card reader, Ethernet, b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional Bluetooth
- VGA and HDMI output
- Three- or six-cell battery options
- Weighs 2.86 pounds with three-cell battery
- Up to four hours battery life (with three-cell battery)
No word on pricing or availability yet, but the Vista-based U210 model carries an MSRP of $429.99 so it’s likely that the U230 would settle in close to that number – maybe $449.99 or so. It’d also stand to reason that the machine would go on sale in the near future, what with all the recent Windows 7 hoopla still fresh in everyone’s minds.