MSI X-Slim X340 and X600 Open  (Source: Gizmodo)

MSI X-Slim X340 and X600 Profile  (Source: Gizmodo)
MSI China is showing off a pair of slim MacBook Air clones

The netbook class is the fastest growing in the computer industry with Apple being the only major computer maker yet to jump into the market. The netbook offers consumers a low price computer that is capable of performing general computer work in a very compact design.

One of the most popular netbooks available comes from MSI and is called the Wind U100. At CES 2009, MSI also unveiled its Wind U115 with hybrid storage including a SSD and traditional HDD. MSI's booth at CES 2009 was tucked far back in the recesses of the show floor and DailyTech was able to get hands on time with MSI's X320.

Very similar looking systems called the X340 and its bigger brother called the X600 have been unveiled in China. The big thing with these notebooks is a very thin profile that could be pulled out of a manila envelope just like the Apple offering.

The X-Slim X340 is a 13.4-inch machine with the X600 offering a 15.6-inch screen. The machine at CES was to be powered by the Intel Atom CPU, but the machines being shown in China are sans specs according to Gizmodo. Exactly what CPU, chipset, and platform will be used is unclear.

A possibility is the Intel Atom N280 or N270; with the svelte profile the safe bet is the power miserly N280 and its chipset. However, rumors say that MSI could put a Pentium-class CPU under the hood and may even opt for the NVIDIA Ion platform. Considering the images on Gizmodo have HDMI out, an Ion-based platform is looking more promising.

Pricing for the machines is said to be from $700 to $1,000.

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