MSI ships compact Turion 64 X2 laptop

— 10:13 AM on May 24, 2006

Just a week after AMD's launch of its Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile processors, DigiTimes reports MSI has already announced the availability of a Turion 64 X2-powered notebook. Dubbed S271, the machine features a compact 11.9" x 8.6" x 1.1" footprint and a 12.1" wide-screen display with a 1280x800 resolution. The little laptop also features an ATI chipset, up to 2 GB of DDR2-667 RAM, a 5400-RPM hard drive, and a 4-in-1 card reader slot. DigiTimes says the chipset is ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 (or 200M, most likely), which sports integrated DirectX 9.0 graphics.

There's no word on battery life, unfortunately, but it's still good to know AMD's new dual-core mobile chips can be squeezed into a machine that's just over an inch thick and weighs in at a reasonable 4.2 lbs. DigiTimes says the S271 is available worldwide for the equivalent of $1,497. At that price, the MSI laptop should be competitive with Lenovo's X-series ThinkPads that have 12.1" displays and Intel Core Duo processors.

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