8.9-inch MSI Wind U90 spotted, has full keyboard

— 10:54 AM on September 2, 2008

Unlike Asus and its smorgasbord of Eee PC variants, MSI is taking the whole netbook thing with a more measured approach. Now that its 10" Wind U100 subnotebook has settled onto store shelves, MSI is gearing up to launch an 8.9" derivative: the Wind U90.

The team at Engadget has learned some fresh details about the U90 and even snapped a couple dozen photos of it in the flesh. Despite the smaller display, the Wind U90 features the same near-full-sized keyboard as its big brother. That means a bigger chassis with unused bezel space around the LCD panel, but also a comfier keyboard than what you'll find on most 8.9" netbooks.

According to a spec sheet in one of the photos, the Wind U90's LED-backlit display will have a 1024x600 resolution, and the machine will have a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and an 80GB mechanical hard in its innards. A Linux-toting U90 model with an €339 price tag should arrive in Europe in late September or early October. Engadget has no word of a U.S. release, but we'd expect the laptop to cost less than $400 once it crosses the Atlantic.

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