December 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm
Just this morning we brought you news that MSI were planning on releasing at least four netbooks using Intel’s new Pine Trail platform. Now we have just received official word regarding two models in that list, the U130 & U135 Wind.
The 10-inch (1024 x 600) netbooks will be armed with a 1.66GHz N450 Pineview Atom processor, 160GB/250GB HDD options and Windows 7. Other features include Wi-Fi (b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.0, a 1.3MP webcam and a 4-in-1 card reader. Both netbooks are also the first to receive international WiMAX Forum certification in areas that can use the WiMAX service.
The new netbooks have been redesigned, gone are the old straight lines, instead you have angular curves that bring the netbooks back on par with the competition. The Wind U135 differs over the U130 by offering a chiclet keyboard as well as 20 percent larger touchpad. It’s not clear if this is only the difference between both models.
MSI has also said that power consumption is only 5.5 watts, battery life has been increased by 15 percent and performance is up by 10 percent using Intel’s new platform. As with other MSI netbooks, the company’s ECO engine is also present to prolong battery life. Both models have dimensions of 260 x 180 x 19-31.5mm and a weight of 1.2 Kg (with 3 cell battery).
The Wind U130 will be available in January for £229 and will come in two different colours (Snow White and Brilliant Black). The Wind U135 will be sold for £279 and come in four colours (Sterling Silver, Brilliant Black, Midnight Blue and Cherry Red).