Report: MSI to Unveil Android Netbook in June

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.

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  • Although this is pretty much the same kind of netbook we've been seeing for a while now it would still be nice if it comes with a significant price reduction because of Android. All my experience with Google products has been very positive so I'd be interested to see what Android could do on this kind of netbook too.
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  • again the same mininotebook specs, if they would only sell it cheaper!
    I'm not willing to pay $300 for that!
    That's what I payed my EeePc nearly 1,5 years ago.

    Perhaps an ARM based Linux design would be great. But I prefer larger screen resolution. 1024x600 is too small for my taste.
    cramp a 720P screen in a 9 or 10" device;power it with a good ARM processor (single or dual core), and a high capacity battery, as well as 2GB or SoDimm Ram,and a video processor that can decode 720P video, and you got the device I was looking for 1 year ago!
    If it would exist today, hopefully priced around $200-$300 it would sell.
    But the Atom notebook specs leave a bitter aftertaste with many due to the powerdemanding Intel GMA chipset.
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  • I don't know how much cheaper it will be than the XP netbooks, since MS only gets $15 in licensing fees from that setup.

    I'll be interested in reading the first reviews. I'm still holding out for a nice Android phone.
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