March 27, 2009 at 9:30 am
The MSI Wind U123 netbook, which was first shown at CeBIT, has now made an appearance on the official MSI site. A full list of specifications is available along with drivers, BIOS and manuals. Interestingly, as well as the Wind U123, MSI will also release the U123T which includes a built-in TV tuner and the U123H which comes with built-in 3.5G (HSDPA).
As far as I am aware, the U123 was meant to come with a 6-cell battery but according to the official Global site it looks like a 3-cell battery will be standard, with options for a 6-cell battery (we hear that an optional 9-cell battery will also be available). However, there is some discrepancy with the MSI Global site and Japanese site as the latter says that it will come with a 6-cell battery as standard. So maybe the Global site has a typo.
The MSI Wind U123 has a 10-inch 1024 x 600) display powered by a 1.66Ghz N280 Intel Atom CPU and 945GSE chipset. It is a shame that MSI decided not to pair the N280 with the GN40 chipset which would have been much more powerful over the 945GSE. Graphics will be served by Intel’s GMA950. It will come with 1GB RAM although 2GB will be supported. Other features include WiFi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.0, 1.3MP webcam and a 4-in-1 card reader.
The Wind U123 will come in four colours (pearl White, grey, black and blue). It looks like the Wind U123 is on track for an April release, with the netbook launching in Japan on April 11 costing 49,800 Yen ($508/€375/£350). No word on official pricing or release dates in other regions yet.
MSI Wind U123 Technical Specifications:
Intel Atom processor N280 (1.66GHz)
Windows XP Home Edition SP3
10 inch 1,024×600 WSVGA
1GB RAM (2GB supported)
Card reader (SDHC/SD/MMC/memory stick/memory stick PRO)
LAN: 10/100Base-TX LAN
VGA×1 (D-Sub15 pin)
USB2.0 port ×3
Microphone input ×1
Headphone output ×1
RJ45 Ethernet connector ×1
Width 260× depth 180× height 19.75-33 (mm)
Weight 1kg with 3-cell