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Competing with Asus, MSI to demo touchscreen Wind at CES

MSI will show a touchscreen version of its popular Wind at CES to compete with rival Asus, according to an interview with MSI's Director of U.S.
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Written by Andrew Nusca on

MSI WindMSI will show a touchscreen version of its popular Wind at CES to compete with rival Asus, according to an interview with MSI's Director of U.S. Sales, Andy Tung, by LAPTOP's Joanna Stern:

Are the MSI Wind Nettops/All-In-Ones planned to hit the U.S.? Yes, we plan to sell these here. Notebooks are obviously taking off and the desktop market is going to grow a bit soft. All-in-ones is a direction for us and we are going to use the mobile products and we have 17, 19 and a 22-inch models. These will be available with touch screen options.

In addition to that, Tung also indicated the following:

  • The U120 will have a new design and WiMax/3G options and will drop in the U.S. in January;
  • The Wind U110 and U115 will drop at the end of January and have the Intel Atom Z530 platform;
  • The U115 will get both an SSD and a hard drive, which you can turn off to save battery power (10 hours, he says);
  • The 13.3-inch non-Wind, ultraportable U300 will be revealed at CES (Tung says he expects people to be"shocked," according to Stern);
  • ...and MSI will not bring Linux netbooks to market in the U.S.

(Read the full interview here.)

Get all that? It's an interesting strategy -- a touchscreen netbook, no Linux? -- but what do you think? Tell me in TalkBack.

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