19a MSI Slider S20 Windows 8 Sliding Ultrabook Pictured

MSI put to rest the looming question of whether it has Ultrabooks planned, by unveiling one of the industry's first implementations of Intel's "Letexo" sliding-Ultrabook form-factor, which was first shown to the world at IDF Beijing. MSI's Slider S20 is a Wintel at heart, combining 22 nm "Ivy Bridge" processor with Windows 8. 

MSI put to rest the looming question of whether it has Ultrabooks planned, by unveiling one of the industry's first implementations of Intel's "Letexo" sliding-Ultrabook form-factor, which was first shown to the world at IDF Beijing, 2012. MSI's Slider S20 is a Wintel at heart, combining 22 nm "Ivy Bridge" processor with Windows 8. 

19a MSI Slider S20 Windows 8 Sliding Ultrabook Pictured

Pictured above, the Slider S20 from MSI is a slider-Ultrabook. It combines the functionality of a tablet, thanks to its responsive touchscreen, with that of a notebook, thanks to its slide-out base, which has a chiclet keyboard, for those extended typing sessions. At this point, we're unsure if the keyboard portion has a trackpoint, or if the touchscreen ends up being the only pointing device. In marketing videos from both Intel and Microsoft, we've seen people using the touchscreen to point, and the slide-out keyboard for typing, so we guess that's the case with the Slider S20, too. 

The Slider S20 will have a full range of connectivity found with conventional (clamshell) Ultrabooks, including USB 3.0 ports, WLAN b/g/n, and possibly 3G/4G. It is driven by Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, and a dual-core Intel "Ivy Bridge" Core low-voltage processor. MSI will display the Slider S20 at its Computex booth. It also raises hope that the company has a full-fledged Ultrabook lineup, in the works.