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It looks like MSI is gearing up to fight Asus directly on the netbook battle field. With the recent launch of the Wind U120 and now with information about two new Winds the U110 and U115.
According to UMPC portal the new pair will have some great new features including up to 250GB of storage for the U110 and hybrid storage (combination of SSD and HDD) for the U115. The two new Winds will also include Draft n Spec wireless.
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Now news is spreading that MSI will be releasing two additional netbooks some time around January. The netbooks will be the U110 and U115; I've put the interesting things in bold:
1024×600 10" screen
1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU - which is a more expensive but less power hungry chip (2w) than the Atom N270 (2.5w) which is in almost every netbook you see today
Poulsbo US15W chipset - most netbooks are using the Intel 945G. Poulsbo in combination with the Z530 CPU will make for a total chipset drain of 4.3w
Up to 250GB HDD for the U110
Toshiba is looking to drop a high performance laptop on the market soon.
To make sure they capture the enthusiast and gamers out there they are going stuff three nVidian GPUs under the hood for the world's first three GPU notebook.
The new Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706 will feature two discreet GeForce 9800M GTS GPUs with NVIDIA SLI® technology, and a GeForce 9400M GPU. For maximum power the two 9800M GTS GPUs will run in SLI for great gaming while for maximum power savings they can be powered down and allow the 9400 to take over.
Drool after reading more here
A future member of ASUS' Eee portfolio could launch for $200, according to this report from DIGITIMES.
The company has adjusted the pricing and market positions of its entry-level and mid-range Eee PC offerings and expects, to reach the $200 milestone in 2009.
As widely expected, the company has also confirmed that it will phase out its 7 and 8.9" Eee PC offerings, replacing them with 10" iterations instead.
During a recent ASUS show and tell, an spokesperson said that the Taiwanese company, who made the netbook famous, would soon release a model, apparently called Eee PC 1002HA, that would come with discrete graphics.
ASUS was quick to mention that it should not be confused for the 10.2-inch N10 with Nvidia 9300M graphics, but then again - what exactly is it?
The netbook market is quickly getting out of hand with companies looking to capitalize on the success of the small notebooks. We can't help but thinking though, isn't the point of the Eee PC to be a cheap, small and long battery life notebook?
Adding all these fancy bits and pieces and expensive paint jobs or what-not, is really confusing the once simple netbook. What exactly is the difference between this supposed new model versus a standard 15-inch notebook?
We recently got an email from ASUS' Australian PR company with little more than a picture telling us to look forward for the ASUS Green Collection on the 12th of November - or, it could be December 11th, depending on which date format they've used.
From what we understand, this launch will finally see the launch of the Bamboo notebooks and some more surprises.
Super Talent today debuted its new line of mini PCI-Express SSD drives which are specifically designed for ASUS' range of Eee PC netbooks.
ASUS Eee PC's only come with up to 20GB of storage and clearly Super Talent has been smart in designing a product which expand storage, and importantly, at a viable price point.
Each of the mini PCI-E SSD drives offer up to 40MB/s read speeds and up to 15MB/s write speeds. While these speeds won't set any world records, they will suit the small netbook just fine for those users looking to increase storage capacity on their small Eee mobile computers.
Come sometime in November at mass production stage, you'll be able to pick up a 16GB version for an expected street price of $53 USD, 32GB version for $79 USD and the 64GB drive for $149 USD.
You can read the press release which we uploaded recently, over here, for more details on the product.
Okay, for the record, we know there is a big deal when we start talking about the Eee PC and netbook business - it's for sure, without this business, ASUS would definitely not be posting as good revenue figures as they are currently.
The unstoppable Taiwanese company today has officially launched its new and improved "stylish" Eee PC S101 netbook computer. As far as specifications on the inside go, not much has changed besides maybe a faster SSD, but it is on the outside that we see the biggest changes.
ASUS is calling its S101 Eee an exquisitely designed netbook for fashion forward individuals. Basically, it's an improved Eee PC in that the skin has been updated and it will cost you more money to get your hands on.
Notebook Italia were able to get their hands on a bunch of press shots, which you can view here (Google English). Mobile Computer Mag somehow managed to already get their hands on one and put it through the paces in a full review, over here.
MSI's Director of U.S. Sales Andy Tung has conducted an interview with Laptop Mag and in it he revealed his company's plans to release a new 10-inch Wind 2 netbook called the U120 by the end of this year.
In the interview, Andy said that while the U100 was a big success and great for teenagers, it lacked the features desired by true business users. Those features? 802.11n wireless LAN and mobile broadband aka a built-in 3.5G modem that will accept a SIM card with a mobile broadband data plan.
The MSI Wind U120 will also lose the round "cute" edges and be more square in design and at launch it will come with a 120GB hard drive but later on consumers will be able to pick models with either a 20Gb or 40GB SSD installed inside. While some would have liked to see the inclusion of a dual-core Atom processor, MSI claims that Intel is holding off on the launch of the mobile dual-core Atom until the second part of 2009, so it will have to be single-core until that time.
You can read the full interview, right here.
Smoothcreations has really wound up its range of desktop and notebook systems recently, introducing some absolute jaw dropping paint schemes. The companys latest craze is focused around netbooks; we've already seen the introduction of two models, the Wedge and Slice. Now we see a third unveiled by this awfully talented mob; the Smoothbook Slice.
No less than 15 mesmerizing new paint jobs of choice wrap around an Intel Atom powered 1.6GHz CPU, 10" LCD, 1GB memory, 120GB HDD and the option of XP or Vista. You can see three of them above. There's no MSRP stamped on these yet, but it's expected they'll come in at around $600USD.
ASUS is clearly determined to make its Eee portfolio reach as many users as possible. We've seen a myriad of new SKUs and initiatives from the company over these past few months and today, comes another.
What ASUS calls the 'Ultimate Travel Companion' is, its Eee PC 901 with 3.75G technology support. What makes this exciting is, in theory, high speed Internet access without being tied to wireless hotspots. With service providers taking up 3.75G HSUPA, it is believed that users will be able to rely on a high speed Internet access in many areas of the world.
The company appears to be pandering to the needs of frequent travellers and aims, to take the headache out of Internet access.
As can be expected, 3.75G support, together with operational speeds, will be dependent on the operator in question. Yet, this is a welcome step forward from ASUS and we should expect the first appearance of 3.75G to be in Eee PC 901 systems released to the market from October.