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MSI announces the S30 ultra-portable laptop

This thin and light notebook will reportedly feature a third-gen Intel Core i3 chip, hybrid storage (with Intel Rapid Start) and integrated graphics

The Taiwanese electronics outfit Micro-Star International (MSI) has announced in a press release the introduction of its latest portable PC, dubbed S30. Featuring a “minimalist chassis characterized by flowing lines”, the notebook runs on a pre-installed Windows 8 operating system and weighs 1.4kg with the built-in 4/8 cell battery that reportedly offers all-day computing (read: up to 10 hours) on a single charge.

According to the manufacturer, the S30 is based on an Intel HM76/70 Express Chipset and sports a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display of 1366-by-768 pixels maximum supported resolution. In addition, the device is powered by an unspecified Dual-Core, Ivy Bridge Intel Core i3 processor and the integrated Intel HD 4000 (benchmarks) graphics card.

The product page also indicates the laptop houses 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (up to 16GB), a 500GB spinning hard drive and (an optional) 64GB mSATA Solid-State Drive with Intel’s Rapid Start technology for fast boot and resume times. In terms of connectivity, the 22.8mm (about 0.9-inch) thick mobile PC comes equipped with one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4 interface, D-Sub, 4-in-1 memory card reader slot (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and Ethernet LAN adapters.

Other specs apparently include THX TruStudio Pro wrap around sound, a full-size keyboard with multi-gesture touchpad and a built-in 720p HD web camera for video calls.

There is still no word on pricing and availability.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2013-01-29 (Update: 2013-01-29)