MSI has released it own take on what the new touch enable PC form factor should be, with its Windows 8 powered MSI S20 Slider. This is similar to the design of the Sony Vaio Duo 11 Slider PC. The slider design allows for devices to be used as a laptop or tablet.
MSI also calls its Slider an Ultrabook, and it does qualify as one. This 11.6-inch tablet PC is just 0.8-inches thick and weighs in at just 2.6 pounds.
It is a bit expensive at Php49,900, but its specifications justify the price. It comes with an 11.6-inch Full HD IPS display. Yup, it has as 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Muscle is provided by an Intel Core i5-i3317U processor and 4GB of RAM. That is what you would expect from a Ultrabook price at this level. Storage is 128 GB using a SSD drive. A 2-in-1 memory card slot can be used to increase this. It also comes with WiFi, HDMI out and Bluetooth 4.0.
Php49,900 is a steep price, but the MSI S260 Slider justifies its asking price well with its specifications. Compared to a 11.6-inch MacBook Air for the same price, you get the same amount of processing power with double the storage. You also get a higher resolution display and touch functionality.
Given its price, I don't see it becoming a volume seller. But if you are looking to spend about 50K on a new laptop, you should definitely give this one a look.