The MSI S20 is one of the first slider-style ultrabooks, with a full QWERTY keyboard which hides away behind the display when you just want to use the computer in tablet mode.

MSI is introducing the S20 at the Computex show in Taiwan this week.

MSI S20

The notebook has an 11.6 inch display, measures less than 0.8 inches thick, and weighs about 2.9 pounds.

MSI includes USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 10-point capacitive multitouch display.

It’s powered by an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and the ultrabook is designed to run Windows 8 — which means you probably won’t be able to get your hands on one until this fall. There’s no word on how much the MSI S20 will cost when it hits the streets… if it hits the streets.

MSI does have a habit of showing off products at trade shows that never actually make it to market. But Intel is pushing ultrabooks pretty hard, and partnering with every PC maker imaginable to bring new form factors such as convertible tablet-style ultrabooks to market. So something tells me we’re more likely to see the MSI S20 make it to retail than some of MSI’s more unusual concepts from years past.

via Ultrabook News

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2 replies on “MSI S20 ultrabook converts into a Windows 8 tablet”

  1. As usual for MSI products, it looks ugly.

    About the concept.
    What’s the point of having a keyboard under the screen… When you can have a detachable one.
    Didn’t they see how the EeeSlate failed miserably, whereas the Transformer was a success?

    It all boils down to this:
    Who wants a 3 pounds tablet? Beside a weight lifter I mean.

    Unless the price is at least 20% inferior compared to an hybrid ultrabook, it’s bound to fail.

    1.  The Eee Slate wasn’t a failure, it just wasn’t a major hit.  While mind the short run time and Windows 7 not being that great for touch screens didn’t help.  Along with the fact Asus never made a keyboard dock for it.

      The Samsung Series 7 Slate did a little better. While with IB based models they should be able to get the weight down a bit and Windows 8 should make the PC tablet experience much better than before.

      Mind also Asus also produced the Eee Slider and not just the Transformer.

      Not everyone likes the same solutions and they tend to cater to them as long as they’re not too small a minority.

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