The first MSI Wind netbook to use Intel’s Atom N280 processor, the U123, will go on sale in Japan on April 11th, priced at 49,800 yen ($507). The netbook has a 10-inch WSVGA display and comes as standard with 1GB of RAM, though unlike other Wind netbooks the U123 will support up to 2GB.
Other specs include a 160GB hard-drive, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. There’s also a webcam and multiformat memory card slot, together with an integrated microphone and the usual trio of USB 2.0 ports, single VGA output and audio in/out.
The battery is a six-cell pack but MSI are keeping quiet on runtime predictions. What they will confirm is the relatively reasonable weight – 1.23kg – and the four colors: blue, white, red and gray. Graphics are courtesy of the Intel GMA950 chipset, and the MSI Wind U123 is expected to launch in other countries – so far unspecified – after Japan.