While some manufacturers are just now
getting in on the netbook craze, others are rolling in the cash from their first generation and are already prepping for the launches of their second and third. Such is the case for MSI, and in an interview with Impress, Notebook Product Manager Neo Lin dropped a few interesting nuggets about the U91, an 8.9-inch successor to the U90
; and the U120, a wholly new 10-inch model. Both will offer HSDPA
and could receive new keyboard warmers: VIA's Nano
was considered but discarded, while Intel's dual-core Atom 330
might just make the cut -- if engineers can figure out how to feed it twice the power of its predecessor without killing battery life. 2GB of memory seems to be the plan on the U120 at least, which might break it out of Microsoft's "ULPC
" category, meaning Vista instead of XP Home. Yeah, Lin didn't sound too happy about that prospect either.