What's that you say? You miss the heady days of Computex and a dozen new tablets a day? We can't recreate the show for you - all our booth babes are relaxing having spent most of yesterday fanning the iPhone 4 liveblog servers - but we can show you MSI's official images of their Windows 7 based WindPad U100.
MSI's new tablets weren't the only interesting tech on show from the company at Computex this week; they also brought along a few notebooks, including a concept model called the MSI Sketch Book that's aimed at digital artists. It has a detachable keyboard section which, when flipped over, reveals a large touchpad digitizer which can be used for drawing or writing.
Computex 2010 is running full steam ahead today and there have already been some cool new gadgets debuted at the show. The MSI WindPad 100 and 110 tablets have surfaced. The WindPad 100 is a Windows 7 tablet that runs on an Atom Z530 CPU. The rig runs Windows 7 Ultimate, but MSI uses a custom UI over the top of the OS.
With the track record of anti-competitive practices of both Intel and Microsoft along with the long running allegations that the two firms use persuasion and massive discounts to block competitor's products from the market, there are many would will not be surprised at allegations coming out ahead of Computex. We have talked already about the MSI tablet and the Asus Eee pad that are set to debut at Computex before.
MSI have already told us to expect their Windows 7 MSI Slatebook tablet at Computex next month; now they're spilling a few more details to suitably whet our appetites. According to company chairman Joseph Hsu, the Slatebook will go on sale in Q3 2010 through carrier partnerships in the US and Europe; it'll have integrated 3G and WiFi connectivity.
Today was the middle of the week, but it didn't really feel like it until about half-way through. At least it wasn't the beginning of the week again, right? Not yet, anyway. Welcome to tonight's edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, after the wake of the first keynote from Google's I/O, in the Best of R3, we've got a screenshot of the Motorola Cliq with a certain numbered update, and the Motorola i1 has finally launched. And then in the Dredge 'Net, LaCie has introduced a new net-connected RAID, MSI's revealed two new notebooks, and Foxconn's got a tablet that may actually rival another already on the market.
Over the last few years, MSI has become a much bigger part of the notebook landscape here in America. This is largely due to the company's very successful netbook line that debuted years ago. MSI is announcing a new notebook today called the CX623 that is aimed at fans of multimedia.
While the future of HP's Windows 7 slate apparently hangs in the balance, MSI are supposedly gung-ho about their own tablet running the Microsoft OS. According to DigiTimes' sources, the company will bring the MSI Slatebook to Computex 2010 in early June. Based, so "sources at notebook players" would have it, on Intel's Menlow Atom Z5xx processor range (not the newer Moorestown Z6xx chips), the Slatebook apparently has a 10-inch display and integrated WiFi and 3G.
Ah, Courier, we hardly knew you. "We have no plans" Microsoft say "to build such a device at this time." Now, perhaps it's my tablet-addled, ever-hopeful mind, but that doesn't sound quite the same thing as "you won't see a Courier-style device." In fact, you could easily interpret it as a carefully worded workaround: we're not going to build a Microsoft Courier, the company says, but other firms might. After all, they've already mention that "its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings."