MSI Wind U123 Coming In April
While the MSI Wind U120 was a welcome update to the original Wind, MSI isn’t done blowing out its Wind line. In April, MSI will release the 10.2-inch Wind U123 which will be powered by the new Intel Atom N280 processor, which is currently found in the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE. Unlike the Wind U120, the U123 will be upgradeable to 2GB of RAM. According to MSI, it will be available in four colors including white, metallic black, blue, and burgundy red. It will also be available with six cell and a nine cell battery options. MSI also plans on releasing its MSI Wind U115 (see our mini-review from CES) in late March which packs both a hard drive and an SLC solid state drive. The Intel Atom Z530 powered netbook will priced at over $500. Andy Tung, MSI’s Director of U.S. Sales, realizes the competition in the 10-inch netbook space isn’t what it used to be with Dell, HP, and Acer pushing the same form factors at competitive price points. “Everyone is playing in the 10-inch game and now the most important factors are brand, features, and design. We are going to fine tune the price, performance, and design. This is our foundation and we are going to do our best to maintain and increase market share,” says Tung. When asked if the Wind line could go a bit larger he said “there are rumors of 11.6 and 12 inch solutions from other companies. We have that in development and can bring that out of the gate.” The months of April and May will be quite busy for MSI. They are also planning on releasing the 13.4 inch x320 and x340 notebooks during the same time frame. The x340 will be one of the first notebooks to have the Intel CULV platform.