MSI's sliding Windows 8 ultrabook hits pre-order at $1100

Posted by Shane McGlaun

MSI recently debuted a slick new sliding ultrabook dubbed the S20.

As you may recall, the tablet first surfaced last summer, yet we haven't heard much about the device until this week.

If you like the ultrabook and its sliding design, you can now pre-order the S20 online in the US for $1100. Specs? An Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

The machine also boasts an 11.6-inch screen with full HD resolution. Despite the slim form factor, the device is equipped with a number of connectivity options, including dual USB 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI port, Ethernet jack, Bluetootj, WiFi and a headphone jack.

Additional specs include an integrated memory card reader and an integrated 720p resolution web cam. The slide out keyboard appears to be a standard QWERTY layout and the ultrabook weighs 2.2 pounds, making it rather portly for a tablet, but not bad at all for a notebook computer.

The sliding mechanism for the keyboard tilts the display slightly when the keyboard is in use for comfortable typing. The display supports Windows 8 touch features, making the S20 a true dual use device.