MSI Shows Off Pine Trail Netbooks

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MSI has taken the opportunity to unveil its new line of netbooks, boasting the next-generation of Intel’s Atom processor, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Word comes via the Register that the MSI Wind U135, which had been rumoured to include a Pine Trail processor just before Christmas, weighs in at around the ten-inch mark and boasts the Atom N450. That means that MSI’s new netbook has an energy efficient single core, dual threaded processor.

Perhaps more interesting still is the news that MSI’s U135 has been the first netbook based on the upcoming Pine Trail chip to receive a WiMAX certification from the folks at Intel, which is good news for those who’ve been waiting for a more WiMAX enabled future to creep up on them.

When it comes to the rest of the specifications, processor aside, the news is that the U135 isn’t really all that different from the rest of the current netbook lineup. The device will be offered with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM, depending on how much you’re willing to spend, and boasts Intel’s GMA3150 graphics chipset, which is set to provide better performance than the current line of GMA chipsets.

We’re also curious to see the battery life listed as being around the seven-and-a-half hour mark, which is certainly impressive, but doesn’t stack up fantastically against machine’s like Nokia’s Booklet 3G and Lenovo’s Skylight smartbook.

Still, it seems that MSI will be upping the ante when its line of Pine Trail powered netbooks hit, which should do something to help stave off the impending death of netbooks we’ve been hearing about since… around this time last year.

If you’d like to read more about the new MSI range, you should take a gander over at the Register, where they’ve got a lot more detail.

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