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MSI introduces X370 ultraportable notebook

New 13.4-inch notebook to run on AMD E-350 processor with 10 hours of battery life

MSI this Thursday announced its latest notebook as part of the X-Slim series. Called the X370, the sleek 13.4-inch notebook will be just 0.898 inches thick and weigh only 3 pounds (1.4kg). The thin aesthetics will feature the “Feather pattern,” which includes a checkerboard pattern with metallic sheen and borders around the touchpad and keyboard.

The new notebook further distinguishes itself by sporting AMD’s dual-core E-350 processor with integrated Radeon HD 6310 GPU. This should allow for longer battery life without cutting back too much on graphics and processor speed. In fact, the X370 is expected to last up to an impressive 10 hours, but MSI did not specify whether this battery life is based off of its configurable 4-cell or 8-cell battery. Regardless, PCWorld notes that 10 hours is much longer than the MacBook Air and Samsung 9 Series, which could make the X370 much more appealing to battery-conscious buyers.

Besides the AMD Fusion APU and  long-lasting battery, the X370 will run Windows 7 Basic or Home Premium on a 1366x768 resolution screen, include HDMI and VGA-out, USB 2.0, 1.3MP webcam and up to 640GB HDD. The amount of RAM is currently unknown, but we expect at least 2GB of DDR3 with possible upgrades to 4GB or 8GB.

The MSI notebook will be competing against the MacBook Air and the recently released Samsung 9 Series in the ultraportable laptop segment. While no prices or launch dates have been confirmed, hopefully the X370 can come cheaper than the expensive $1649 Series 9 that launched earlier this month.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04- 2 (Update: 2012-05-26)