I have two bits of MSI Wind-related news to share today. First, Wilson Azevedo wrote in to let me know that an MSI Wind clone will be hitting Brazil soon. The computer will be released by a company called Mirax and will be known as the Mirax Freedom.The specs are pretty much identical to the US version. For $999 Brazilian (about $627 US), you get a 10 inch display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive.
Closer to home, J&R has posted a product page for the MSI Wind. Although the US retailer says the computer isn’t shipping yet, it’s worth noting that J&R is listing a unit with a 6-cell battery and a $549 price tag.
Originally MSI had promised to release the computer with a 6-cell battery for $499. But the global battery shortage made it hard to supply 6-cell batteries, and MSI knocked $20 off the price and 3 cells off the battery before releasing the PC this month. It’s not clear at the moment whether J&R’s price reflects the actual price of a 6-cell MSI Wind notebook. But it wouldn’t be a huge suprise if MSI decided to jack up the price for the higher capacity battery. Notebook batteries are notoriously expensive.
[via Mike Cane]