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MSI to launch S20 Slider Ultrabook for $1199

The convertible Windows 8 Ultrabook to be available in the next few months and will make an appearance at CES 2013

Though notable for its lineup of high-end gaming notebooks, MSI has been showcasing its Slider S20 concept in a number of trade shows earlier last year, including Computex 2012. Through a press releases issued earlier this week, the manufacturer will finally be ready to launch the convertible Ultrabook before the end of this quarter.

The S20 will pack some heavy specs including a full 1080p display, Core i5 CPU, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, 128 GB SSD, touchscreen capabilities, and a slide-out keyboard for a not-so-heavy final weight of 2.2 pounds (1 kg). Interestingly enough, there is no mention of the screen size of the notebook, though it is likely to be 11.6-inches or similar. If so, the S20 could make for a great alternative to the successful Asus Zenbook Prime UX21A, another superthin 11.6-inch full HD Ultrabook currently in the market.

Expect the Slider S20 to be available within the next few months for a launch price of $1199. Whereas only conceptual models were shown at previous shows, the retail model will make its first public reveal next week at Vegas.

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Allen Ngo, 2013-01- 4 (Update: 2013-01- 4)