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MSI was one of those announcing tablets in 201o, but it didn’t manage to get them on market to consumers, just like it happened to others out there. Their Wind Pad got delayed again and again and now it seems new models will be presented at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. I don’t know what ‘new’ means, as we didn’t see much of the previous WindPad series, so the announcement could mean MSI finally managed to polish their Android and Windows tablets to a degree that they can be confident on their ability to get the products on market a few months after the announcement.
On the other hand the MSI WindPad Windows tablet could be using the upcoming Intel Oak Trail platform, that promises more power, something Windows 7 needs. The Android WindPad I don’t think it will differ too much from the one presented this year, as no new hardware platform was introduced. The software could be upgraded on the other hand to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the one announced last week.
Anyway, expect to see a lot of tablet announcement at next year’s CES in January, paving the way for the 2011 wishlists.
Update: It seems that indeed MSI will use the Oak Trail ATOM platform for its Windows WindPad tablet, which will improve on battery life and computing power, but not significantly. The 10 inch tablet will be less than 1 inch thick and will have the typical 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, with multitouch, a mini-HDMI and mini-USB ports, an SD card slot and accelerometer. On the other hand, the Android tablet will be Tegra 2 powered, wil use a slightly higher resolution screen (1280 x 800 pixels), which I think it would have made more sense on the Window 7 Home Premium tablet. The array of ports will largely be the same, while the tablet will be thinner and will be able to sustain a certain degree of damage thanks to its slightly more rugged design.