MSI has become the latest company to hold off on Windows 7 tablet plans, freezing the launch of its WindPad U100 until sometime in mid-2011 at the earliest. According to DigiTimes, MSI has announced it will instead launch an Android 3.0 Gingerbread slate by the end of March 2011, with a sub-$500 price tag and HDMI connectivity.
When Google told manufacturers they might want to wait for Android 3.0 Gingerbread - a fact Steve Jobs gleefully picked up on in yesterday's rant - for their tablets, it seems they weren't expecting them to hold off for long. According to DigiTimes' sources at notebook manufacturers, Android 3.0 tablet engineering samples are expected show up in December, ahead of multiple product launches at CES 2011 including a Gingerbread version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra 2 chipset is yet to set the world alight, but that could all change if DigiTimes' sources are correct. They're claiming that Motorola, ASUS and HTC are all among the companies placing orders for Tegra 2, with Motorola planning to use the 1080p-capable CPU in an upcoming smartphone while HTC and ASUS use it in tablets.
MSI has chosen to take the time and revise a member of their Classic notebook line-up. The CR420 has been introduced with a whole suite of new features, and with its 14-inch display, we can see this one definitely piquing the interest of someone in the notebook market, searching out their next purchase. But, most noteworthy of all, is the inclusion of Intel's Wireless Display, or WiDi.
MSI has unveiled the latest version of its WindBox nettop PC, the MSI WindBox III. Unlike Atom-based nettops, the WindBox III uses an Intel Core 2 Duo paired with the GS45 Express chipset, and is capable of up to 1080p HD video with an HDMI output. However it also manages to be fanless, and is still slender enough to be fixed behind your LCD display using the VESA mount.