Blu-ray disc drives, eco friendly systems and LED backlighting. These are apparently the things that MSI sees being popular with its notebook purchasing customers over the next year according to Sam Chen, Director of Notebook PC Sales at the company.
According to Chen, the current high-volume selling 15.4in notebook standard is likely to move to a practically unnoticeably larger 15.6in size (which we rather suspect means MSI has a 15.6in notebook ready to launch and is working the spin a bit) and that the de facto backlighting source is going to switch from CCFL to LED - a move to be welcomed with open arms.
Chen also suggested that he thinks more notebooks will be seen coming with Blu-ray drives as standard. There is also a vague implication that while MSI currently offers both Blu-ray and HD DVD drive, in the future HD DVD might not be an option - another player choosing its side in the format war?
Further to that, Chen also expects than many more notebooks will ship with built in TV tuners and higher resolution webcams. The latter prediction likely based on the apparently increasing popularity of video chatting on services like Windows Live Messenger and Skype. Last on his brief agenda was the assertion that eco-friendliness is also expected to come higher up the agenda, with consumers becoming either more aware or more over paranoid depending on your point of view on the matter.
Also interesting are the technologies Chen doesn't expect to become all that widespread this year; notably WiMAX and SSD drives. Certainly the former we can agree with as the proliferation of the tech is too low to make widespread adoption plausible. However, given the gradually decreasing costs and increasing capacities of SSDs, some of us at TR (myself especially) are generally of the opinion that this year could well be the turning point for solid state. Clearly we're just going to have to sit this one out and see how things play, but hearing the opinions of the man up top is always interesting, so take note, if only with a pinch of salt.