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MSI Wind NetOn A1900, Intel News: Atom Chips Coming Early, Cutting The Price of SSDs, Microsoft News: Skybox, Windows Mobile Name Change

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Kicking off this blog post with MSI. MSI's all-in-one Wind NetOn A1900 is decent. Apparently, this is the M19 from last November and it was also shown off at CES a couple of weeks ago. "The 18.5-inch desktop houses an Intel Atom N270, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB SATA HDD, DVD burner, 4-in-1 card reader, 1.3 megapixel webcam, and an optional 802.11 b/g." As of right now, there is no word on the pricing or the availability. The screen itself has a 16:9 resolution, has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 5ms response time.

"Intel has confirmed it is already shipping the next incarnation of the Atom processor." If you read the last paragraph, i mentioned that the MSI Wind NetOn A1900 has an Intel Atom N270 chip. These chips are actually coming out 6 months earlier than the expected release date. It was expected to ship in mid-2009, but the N270 and the N280 chips have already made their way to laptop makers. The N280 and N270 are very similar and the N280 is only a tiny bit faster than the N270. "The N280 is clocked at 1.66GHz and connect across a 667MHz frontside bus." The N270's speeds are 1.6GHz and 533MHz, respectively. The Asus EeePC 1000HE is the first netbook that has the N280 processor, just in case you wanted to know.

Intel is looking to push their SSDs out more frequently this year. They have now cut their SSD prices by a third. Although, they are still expensive, a price drop is a price drop. We are that much closer to SSDs taking over HDDs with every price drop.

A new leak, regarding Microsoft's Skybox has been found. Apparently, Microsoft put up a website about Skybox, but then pulled it immediately. Skybox is "a service that would let Windows Mobile users back up and access information stored in the cloud." Skybox will do a various number of things, such as: letting users "access their contact lists and calendars and share photos through a Web account." There are a bunch of other features but i, myself, don't know much about it. Microsoft may mention this kind of service at MWC, which is a couple of days away.

 Up to this point, Microsoft has managed to keep their mouth shut about what their going to announce at MWC. The Microsoft Zunephone rumours are looking to be false, as of right now. A new rumour has surfaced about the renaming of "Windows Mobile" to "Windows Phone." Yes it's just a rumour, but if Engadget is willing to believe it, then i guess i do too. Their guess is much better than mine. They are the professionals.

MSI Wind NetOn A1900 (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/06/msi-wind-neton-ap1900-gets-official-photography-treatment/
Intel Atom Chips Coming Early: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/06/intel_ships_n280_chips_early/
Asus EeePC 1000HE picture: http://ijcopon925.blogspot.com/2009/02/south-korea-at-1gbps-by-2012-samsungs.html
Intel Cuts Prices of SSDs: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-266676.html
Microsoft Skybox: http://www.pcworld.com/article/159088/microsoft_leaks_skybox_mobile_storage_site.html?tk=rss_news
Windows Mobile Changing It's Name To Windows Phone (and picture): http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/06/microsoft-insists-its-not-making-a-phone-rumored-to-be-rebrand/

Anonymous said...
February 6, 2009 at 6:35 PM  

Wait about another 6-12 months, SSDs should be mainstream by then.

btw, click my name.

Unknown said...
February 6, 2009 at 6:44 PM  

Wtf, LMAO.

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