MSI preps netbooks with Atom SoC, AMD CPUs

If the rumor mill has its facts straight, then Nokia's upcoming netbook won't use the next-generation Atom system-on-a-chip. MSI, however, has been talking with the Gizmodo folks about its plan for an Atom SoC-based Wind netbook.

The Wind U150 should be a convertible system with a touch screen, and it should be based on Intel's next-gen Pine Trail platform. MSI claims the new platform will bring quicker graphics and "at least 20 percent better power consumption." The U150 will ship with Windows 7, although since its display won't have multi-touch support, the new operating system's Touch Pack features should be off-limits.

Some uncertainty seems to surround the U150's release schedule. Gizmodo says MSI expects Intel to launch its new Atom hardware at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, while Intel has maintained that Pine Trail will ship for revenue this year, and it told Gizmodo as much.

In the meantime, MSI plans to release a 12" Wind U210 netbook early next month. That system will ship in two variants, both featuring AMD's Yukon platform, with prices of $379 and $429. You can expect to find Vista Home Premium on the pricier model.

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