While Lenovo seem moving away from the “Netbook” tag with their S110 mini notebook, MSI are still fully supporting the netbook scene, and have just announced a new 10.1-inch netbook based on the new Intel Atom N2800 Cedar Trail processor.
This is the very first netbook we have seen to make use of the latest Cedar Trail processor. The Itel Atom N2800 CPU is a dual core processor running at 1.86GHz giving the MSI Wind U180 some decent power. It also makes use of the new Intel GMA 3650 graphics, which are reportedly 2x faster than the previous version, all while reducing the over all power consumption, and in turn extending the battery life.
Other specifications of the MSI U180 are fairly standard with 1GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet, and a 0.3 megapixel webcam. The 10.1-inch display has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, while the keyboard is of a token chicklet type. There is also a SD / MMC card reader.
It comes with a six cell battery, although the run time is not specified, we would assume it be to over 8 hours due to the capacity and newer more efficient processor. It comes pre-installed with Windows 7 Starter edition.
While not yet announced or available in the US, the MSI Wind U180 has shown up on a number of German websites for €349, which is about $450 US. We’re expecting to see the MSI U180 at CES 2012 next week, with a slightly lower price tag.