updated 02:50 pm EDT, Wed April 1, 2009
MSI Wind U123, X-Slim spec
At the CTIA show in Vegas that kicked off today, MSI is showing off its new Wind U123 netbook along with a pair of new X-series Ultra-Slim notebooks and has released the specs and pricing information for its portable PCs. The new 10.2-inch Wind model is powered by Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N280 CPU and is the first Wind netbook to offer a 3G data network module and a TV Tuner. For security, the netbook will have MSI's EasyFace software that will read a user's facial features via its 1.3-megapixel camera before granting access. Another first in the Wind range is the U123's availability in a range of colors, adding blue and red in addition to white and gray.
The U123 will weigh nearly 3lbs with its 6-cell battery, and slightly more with the optional 9-cell unit. Standard RAM is rated at 1GB, though it can be doubled thanks to an expansion slot. The 160GB hard drive will have Windows XP Home preloaded on it, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR rounding out hte main specs.
As previously reported, the 13.4-ich X340 will be one of the first notebooks to use Intel's CULV CPU, rated at 1.3GHz. It will sport a 16:9 LCD capable of high-definition 1366x768 resolution along with an HDMI port, allowing for playback of 1920x1080 resolution HD content. Prices for the X340 will start at under $1,000, MSI announced.
The X320 will be powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Atom chip and have optional 3G/WiMAX data network support. Pricing for the X320 will start at $700.
MSI also promises both the X340 and X320 will weigh 2.8lbs and feature a 320GB and a 250GB hard drive, respectively, and a 4-cell battery, both stand-outs in the class. An 8-cell battery will be an option. Either system will ship with Windows Vista Home Premium, and three USB ports, a VGA output, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR are other shared features. Both models will be available in sliver, white or black.
The Wind U123 netbook and X320 and X340 notebooks will be available stateside in May.