Sliding MSI tablet coming this month at $1299

Remember that MSI tablet with the slide-out keyboard we saw at Computex? The device made an encore performance at CES this week—only now, it’s much closer to release.

MSI told our Editor in Chief that the Slidebook S20 will be available later this month in the U.S. at a starting price of $1,299. That entry fee will apparently get you an 11.6" 1080p IPS panel, a Core i5 processor, a 128GB solid-state drive, and 8GB of DDR3 memory. We didn’t get a size and weight this time, but according on what we heard at Computex, the Slidebook S20 should weigh in at 2.8 lbs. Oh, and USB 3.0 connectivity is included. This looks more like a shrunken ultrabook than a tricked-out tablet.

Still, the Slidebook S20 lacks a touchpad to accompany its sliding keyboards. Users will have to rely on the touch screen or plug in a mouse if they want to get serious work done in Windows 8’s desktop interface.

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    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    is it a tablet or is it a notebook? it’s a tabbook, no wait, it’s a notelet! i could understand the power requirement of a laser projection keyboard wouldnt work on a tablet…or would it? ok, laplet tabtop it is! and at $1300 bux, wouldn’t it be lighter and better to get a thinner ultrabook with a swivel screen? or just re-purpose the Surface thin keypad on this instead of a sliding keyboard. just sayin…

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Just imagine if this had a foldable swivel screen instead of a slide and it could run a normal OS…

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      it’s x86. it can run any os you want.

        • Bensam123
        • 7 years ago

        You sure it’s not locked down and has to be jail broken? Just because something is x86 doesn’t mean you can simply hook a USB CDROM up to it and install anything you want.

          • ludi
          • 7 years ago

          Well, you might have trouble finding [i<]drivers[/i<] for any Windows OS pre-dating Win8, but that's true pretty much any time you buy the newest technology. If you have $1300 and want Linux on it, go wild.

          • Sahrin
          • 7 years ago

          …Yes it does. MS’s anti-trust settlement precludes Windows lock-in for x86.

            • Bensam123
            • 7 years ago

            I’m referring to the hardware device itself actually allowing you to install a different OS… IE you can plug in a CDROM drive and change the boot order.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    That much money for an intel graphics solution is just disappointing. Tegra 4 and the A6 are more appealing as they have the same or better graphics capacity @ 1/2 the price.

      • cartman_hs
      • 7 years ago

      really? is there any benchmark? when you said intel graphic solution, do you mean the powerVR sgx that comes with clovertrail? or intel HD that comes with ivybridge?

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        He wrote graphics [b<]capacity[/b<]...I guess he means they hold more pixels or something?

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      It’s IvyBridge, and it beats both T4 and A6 in everything but power consumption

    • DPete27
    • 7 years ago

    No support under the screen to keep the unit from rocking when you have the keyboard slid out and are using the touchscreen? Dumb.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Look at the second picture in the Computex link. There are at least a few inches of keyboard base extending behind the back of the display when tilted up. You can see it a little in the third picture in the gallery here as well. I bet it’s pretty stable.

    • Hattig
    • 7 years ago

    It’s an ultrabook you cannot even angle the display on.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      It’s a wall-mountable tablet with a slide-out keyboard

    • bacondreamer
    • 7 years ago

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    They lied…..they didn’t back out from the netbook market…..

      • designerfx
      • 7 years ago

      well they will, after trying to sell something like this for more cost than a midrange laptop.

    • StuG
    • 7 years ago

    Very cool…..too expensive.

    • cartman_hs
    • 7 years ago

    the idea is very interesting! but isn’t it look a little bit thick?

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    Now somehow put a competent vid card in it and I’m sold.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    This is one of the most interesting convertible tablet form factors to me. One piece, expansion always there, potentially bigger battery all the time…it’s the ‘cleanest’ way to get a convertible tablet. The dockable ones really ought to be dockable both ways if they’re serious about being laptop alternatives so you can have the extra battery and expansion attached all the time. The weight versus a pure tablet is the obvious downside. The price is hard to swallow obviously even if it’s lower street price. I hope they are thinking of coming out with a lower price version with an AMD APU or Atom.

      • Voldenuit
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]The dockable ones really ought to be dockable both ways if they're serious about being laptop alternatives so you can have the extra battery and expansion attached all the time.[/quote<] The Thinkpad Helix is dockable both ways.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      To me it’s an ultrabook without a touchpad = no sale

    • RDFSteve
    • 7 years ago

    It’s basically an 11.6″ Palm Pre in white.

    [quote<]This looks more like a shrunken ultrabook...[/quote<] Isn't that what the blue sticker in the first photo says?

    • ludi
    • 7 years ago

    Is that a 13×7 display I see on this $1300 machine?

      • StuG
      • 7 years ago

      11.6″ 1080p IPS panel, a Core i5 processor, a 128GB solid-state drive, and 8GB of DDR3 memory

        • ludi
        • 7 years ago

        I did miss that detail, HOWEVER, they seem to have scaled up Start Screen for demo purposes — those tile sizes are more typical for the default size at 720P. The default at 1080P is much denser.

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