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MSI to debut world’s first Ultrabook-tablet

by Mark Tyson on 4 June 2012, 11:45

Tags: MSI, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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MSI has been quiet about its Ultrabook designs so it was interesting today to find out about the MSI Slider S20, though the details were tacked onto the end of a press release mainly featuring the Computex Best Choice gaming G series laptops. No other Ultrabook designs are mentioned in the press release.

The MSI Slider S20 has the following specification;

  • 11.6” screen
  • 10 point multi-touch
  • Intel Chief River CULV processor
  • 1.3Kg
  • Less than 2cm thick
  • “a complete array of peripherals and I/O ports” including USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI
  • Windows 8

The laptop appears to be based upon the Intel Letexo design which is shown below in operation at IDF Beijing a few weeks ago; changing from a full, standard looking laptop, including chiclet keyboard, into a sleek tablet with the keyboard fully concealed.

In the MSI product picture you can’t see a touchpad or trackpoint device built-in so it looks like touch screen will be the default pointing method while you are on the road. The Intel Chief River processor within the MSI Slider S20 is based upon the 22nm fabrication process and the on-die GPU features a DirectX 11 graphics core.

This is all the information we have on the MSI Slider S20 right now. The new slider Ultrabook, which MSI boasts is “the only Ultrabook in the world that also functions as a tablet” and also “the most powerful tablet in the world” will be at the MSI Booth at Computex this week so we should see quite a lot more info and perhaps some hands on tests of this interesting Ultrabook shortly.

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I really hope it's not just touch screen but also pen digitiser capable. Second, would be nice for the screen res to be greater than 1366x768.

If both boxes are ticked I'd be very interested.
I'd rather take the asus ones which were just announced, preferably with a pressure sensitive stylus!
Yes, screen res is far too poor.

Will it run debian?