MSI will follow up its Intel Atom Z530-based X320 notebook with the X340, according to Laptopmag. While the X340 will feature the same chassis as the X320, it is expected to be the first portable device on the market to utilize Intel’s Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors.
MSI’s Director of US Sales Andy Tung told Laptopmag that the X340 will come with two ULV CPU options at launch. The Intel Celeron M725 will have a clock speed of 1.2 GHz and 1 MB L2 Cache, while the Core 2 Solo SU3500 will run at 1.4 GHz with a 3 MB L2 Cache.
Roughly one month after launch, the MSI X340 will acquire another pair of CULV options. The 1.3 GHz Core 2 Solo SU2700 with 2 MB L2 Cache and the Core 2 Solo SU9600 with an unknown clock speed will round out the foursome. All of the CULV processors will be paired with the GE40 or GE45 chipset. While the low voltage processors will outperform the Intel Atom, they’ll also consume more power resulting in a shorter battery life.
The MSI X340 notebook will be priced between $750 and $999 depending on the processor and is expected to launch in late April in tandem with the X320.
The company says it is planning larger X Series form factors beginning with the 15.6-inch X600.