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.
Not a day goes by that a product gets announced, in some capacity or another, but is still missing plenty of the important details. For example, here we have the MSI FX400, the smaller sibling to the previously announced FX600 entertainment juggernaut, which has plenty of its own features to attract customers. However, it is missing that one, crucial tid-bit of information: the price.
MSI has delivered a new batch of official WindPad U100 tablet images, ahead of the slate's (second) launch at IFA 2010 next month. First shown at Computex, the WindPad 100 runs an Intel Atom Z530 processor paired with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD for storage.