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MSI has rolled out a new member of its X family of skinny notebooks. This one has a AMD Neo X2 dual-core processor, proving that Intel won't have the thin'n'light laptop market all to itself.

The X430 is based around a 13in, 1366 x 768 display - that's a 16:9 widescreen TV aspect ratio, hence the shorter-than-you-might-expect pixel dimensions.

MSI X-Slim X430

MSI's X-Slim X430: now with AMD chippery

MSI didn't say which Neo X2 the X430 will use. It has a choice of two: the 1.5GHz L325 and the 1.6GHz L625. Both 65nm chips consume up to 18W of power and contain 1MB of L2 cache.

Graphics come courtesy of the ATI Radeon HD 3200 core integrated into the AMD 780M chipset. The laptop's 2GB of 667MHz DDR 2 memory connects directly to the CPU.

The X430 comes with a choice of 320GB or 500GB hard drive plus a pair of USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi and a 1.3Mp webcam.

Some models will come with a four-cell battery, others with an eight-cell power pack. Bluetooth may or may not be included - MSI tends to provide each territory with a specific specification, so we'll see what turns up in the UK in due course.

When that will be and what we'll have to pay for the X430 have yet to be announced. ®

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