MSI announces AMD Fusion-powered Wind notebook

MSI has announced an 12.1-inch Wind U270 notebook which is built around AMD's dual-core Fusion processor, the Zecate E-350.

The device, which might also be termed a netbook - if that term isn't already dead and buried - features a full-sized Scrabble-tile keyboard, is based on an AMD E-350 1.6GHz 'APU' incorporating two 1.6GHz Bobcat cores and 'discrete class' AMD Radeon HD 6310 DirectX 11 graphics. MSI reckons the combo chip means that the U270 delivers the "best of both words" in terms of power and portability.

The MSI Wind U270 uses USB 3.0 has an HDMI output and a 720p HD webcam.

It also comes with MSI's own facial recognition software which works in concert with the webcam to 'protect your data biometrically'. Easy Face remembers passwords for MSN accounts as well as login passwords for web sites and systems and can assoiciate personal account password with your facial features.

MSI said the U270's 'ECO Engine' power saving technology provides one touch access to five power management scenarios including video, games, movies, presentations, word processing and 'turbo battery'. The firm reckons the U270 is good for up to eight hours work on a single charge.

Pricing and availability information is yet to come.