MSI claims nine hour battery with Wind U110, adds ATI Radeon HD3200 GPU

090316_1 MSI has made official the U110 “ECO” netbook with a promised battery life of up to nine hours. Specs are pretty similar to the standard Wind line – 1.6GHz CPU, 10-inch 1024×600 display, 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM – except that the U110 ECO uses an Intel Atom Z530 (Menlow) platform instead of the somewhat standard N270 or N280 chip.

The real story here is the battery life and the form factor, though. The machine is just 1.3 inches thick and weighs just 2.2 pounds when using a three cell battery. Of course, to get anywhere near the nine hour mark, you’ll have to opt for the six cell but that should still keep everything under three pounds.

Another interesting spec is the use of an ATI Radeon HD3200 graphics chip in lieu of Intel graphics. The HD3200 has its own video decoder which means you’ll be able to play HD videos without any problems. You could even get away with some fair-to-middling gaming as well.

Check out the full list of specs here. No word on pricing or availability yet, unfortunately.