It looks like MSI might be ready to join the Android party.
Yesterday we wrote about Skytone’s one hundred dollar Android netbook. While a lot of you seemed really keen on the device (mostly because you wanted to experiment with Android or a netbook and $100 didn’t seem like too high a price to pay for that opportunity), we weren’t exactly bowled over by the first device running Google’s Android OS.
Today rumors say MSI plans to showcase an Android-based netbook at Computex 2009, meaning we could see a higher quality machine with Android come June. According to DigiTimes (citing a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report), MSI is also aiming to gain orders from global PC vendors, so we could see a whole host of Android netbooks in the not too distant future.
While there are no specs available as of now, we’re hoping for something along the lines of MSI’s recently announced Wind U100 Plus, which packs a 10-inch (1,024x600) display, Intel’s 1.66GHz Atom N280, up to 2 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive, 3 USB ports, a 4-in-1 multicard reader, VGA output, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and the ubiquitous webcam. That would give us a chance to see how Android handles typical netbook hardware differently from Windows XP or Linux.