MSI Readies $800 Ultrabook Slider for Fourth Quarter Release

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One of the products MSI was busy showing off at Computex earlier this month was the company's upcoming Slider S20, which is an 11.6-inch Ultrabook with a slide-out physical keyboard that doubles as a stand. MSI disclosed only a handful of details, saying it would pack an new generation Intel Chief River CULV platform processor, Windows 8, and an assortment of peripherals and I/O ports, including USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI. But what MSI didn't disclose is a price or a release date.

Now it appears MSI is targeting a fourth quarter release, likely October or November, in which the Silder S20 will retail for $799 to $899. If so, that would give MSI a jump on the ever-popular holiday shopping season, and provide early Windows 8 tablet/notebook adopters an alternative to Microsoft's Surface, which will reportedly launch around the same time starting at no less than $600.

It's important to note that MSI hasn't revealed a full spec sheet yet, but even so, it remains to be seen if the upcoming crop of Windows 8 tablets and hybrids can command the kind of price points currently being tipped.
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