MSI's 3.5G Wind 120 coming in November, offer subsidized by Taiwanese Telecom

MSI's Wind 120 might come sooner than we expected, and Taiwan leads the way with 3G bundling.

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We had gotten word previously that MSI's follow-up to the Wind 100--the 120--would likely hit the streets this December . According to Digitimes, though, we won't have to wait that long. In fact, the 3.5G-sporting Netbook should be available sometime next month. The specs are fairly impressive, running Windows XP on Intel's Atom N270 processor with 1GB of RAM.

With its 8.9-inch screen, this ultraportable is inviting with its estimated street price of $552, but that price could come down if the manufacturer squares deals with American 3G network operators like AT&T or T-Mobile, both of which use the same 3G technology as Taiwan's Vibo Telecom, the first carrier to subsidize the Netbook.

We aren't expecting deals like that until next year at the earliest, though, if they come at all, but as carriers are looking for new ways to lock us into long term contracts, fancy hardware is an appealing way to go.

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