MSI is to offer new netbooks: the Wind U110, U115 and U120.
The U120 is much the same as the original U100, but with 3G built-in. It’s the other two that do clever things with the standard netbook loadout, though all remain stuck with a 600-line display. Here’s a bullet list:
• Options for 2GB of RAM.
• The Z530, a more expensive version of Intel’s Atom CPU, which uses 20% less power.
• A new chipset that uses less power.
• 6-cell battery as standard.
• Hybrid flash/spinning storage, also said to use less power.
The holy grail is to get a full day of work off a single charge. It’s driven netbook makers to offer long-life batteries, and Acer’s Aspire One rules at Amazon thanks to the inclusion, at no extra cost, of the 6-cell upgrade. In the case of Samsung’s NC10, almost 7 hours can be squeezed by keeping the display dim. even with WiFi on.
MSI’s response line-items every part to stay ahead of the game, and UMPC Portal outlines where the compromise might be: New MSI Netbooks; Not Your Standard Cookie-Cutter Specs.
Update: I just double-checked the sales ranks, and it turns out Asus’ Eee 900HA has dethroned the Aspire One. It’s understandable – the 900HA has gotten excellent word of mouth. But look who’s storming up the chart, despite its relatively high price.