CES rollouts will run the gamut from MSI’s Wind “hybrid” netbook with a mix of SSD and HDD drives in a single machine to a high-end notebook with a secondary display — running Windows XP, Linux distributions, Linux derivatives such as the Ubuntu-based Cloud OS, and in some cases, possibly even Windows Vista.
Asus, for example, previewed its new 1002HA netbook last month at a Pepcom press event in New York City. Priced at $499, the 1002HA costs $150 less than the “deluxe” Eee PC S101 model that Asus introduced in October.
MSI is expected to introduce two new models of its Wind netbook, including the U115, a “hybrid” device that will use a combination of a 16 GB solid state drive for the OS and a 160 GB hard disk drive for storage, both on the same machine.
Additional features of the U115 will include an integrated two-mexapixel webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a multicard reader. Although it’s known to support Windows XP Home Edition, Wind’s upcoming netbook is conjectured by some to be capable of running Vista, too, due to its inclusion of up to 2 GB of DDR2 memory.
Sony’s Vaio Pocket PC is already public knowledge, including its availability with a choice of SSD or HHD.