Not necessarily heading to retail, though.
MSI looks to be following Asus’ plans to show off a touch-screen Eee PC at CES, according to MSI’s Director of U.S. Sales, Andy Tung, in an interview with Laptop Mag. According to Tung, MSI intends to have 10in and 16in touchscreen enabled notebooks on display, although
Asked whether MSI has considered a touch-screen netbook tung replied: “yes, during CES we will display a 10-inch touch notebook and a 16-inch touch notebook. The Wind with the touch screen is something we are demoing at CES but we are not sure this will come to market. We will be gathering feedback on this, because we are not sure a 10-inch display is large enough for a tablet.“
Tung also let slip a couple of other interesting snippets of information regarding MSI’s forthcoming plans, including the company’s planned U130. This system will, despite the similar naming to the Wind range, not be a Wind as MSI sensibly recognises that name should only apply to small systems. Spec wise the system will pack a 13.3in display and some form of Intel CPU. Tung said MSI has tried Atom processors and Core 2 Duo chips, as both are easy to fit in such a chassis, and is weighing up the benefits of each. MSI has considered AMD solutions, too and even nVidia’s GeForce Atom platform Tung interestingly saying that “we have plans to deliver the latter but we can discuss that at a later date.”
Roll on 2009!