MSI’s tablet PC to launch 2H10, $500 MSRP

Only a day after the big iPad announcement from Apple, MSI has released new details of their Tablet PC, according to DigiTimes.  The Android based operating system will sell for $500 MSRP, but MSI mentioned that it will be flexible with what features consumers want.

MSI said it will “launch different models based on market demand”, meaning that MSI will revisit the chalkboard and develop a cheaper model for consumers.  The MSI tablet comes loaded with features like a built in camera, so users can record themselves while in front of their tablet and even take pictures. 

The 10-inch Nvidia Tegra-based tablet PC will be running an Android based operating system, but full details have yet to be revealed.

MSI said the tablet PC will ship in the second half of 2010, roughly after the time the iPad is scheduled to ship.

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Rohdekill said,
I'd buy this and instantly replace the OS with Win 7.

Unfortunately, I don't believe that Windows7 is compiled to run on ARM processors.
Which is the heart of Tegra.

So, for all of you Windows7 tablet lovers out there:
MSI = Fail!

Edited by deadonthefloor, Jan 30 2010, 5:09am : add the sarcasm.

That's more like it. Although I still would like Windows 7 on mine. But this is by far a better product than the iPad. Tech wize.

Now THIS is more like it! However, the bezel and the large logo on the front do give me a bit of a flopper.

I hate logos on any product.

BlackSteyrAug, you are joking right, it's Android which is I suppose a distribution of Linux up until a point, anyway no it can't.

BlackSteyrAug said,
Will it run .exes?

.. huh? exe just means executable... the question you mean to ask is will it run xxx platforms executable... some platforms use a different extension such as .app but they are all executable... but a windows executable will not run on a linux system with out an interperter such as wine... but it could run a DOS exe which has no dependancies such as DLL's or UI hooks

Mad Tv even knew Apple would release a iPad a long time ago with a name like that who needs to make up anything else http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L68aKVAzwQ4

Yeah, checkout the video on it.. response time is hideous...
I was really waiting for the Nexus One and it came out as disappointment, too many bugs...
MSI Tablet looks the same and performance wise not to great.
I hope the new HTC Android, that is still in works, behaves better

This will probably turn out better than the iPad for sure by the looks of it. I'd like to see what other models and specs they'll have though.

And also what other OEMs can come out with, like HPs and so on. Hell, I'd love for the courier to actually just popup at some point and blow everything else away if it works like those concept videos.

neufuse said,
already like this better then the iPad, heck its a full functional system..... ahem.. Apple, take notes...

The correct thing to say is, "Apple start your photocopiers!"

what a bunch of geeks!!, tablet PC's are not for nerds, they are sexy, cool and flashy, they're designed to be flashed at Starbucks not the programming club, that MSI thing is hideous.

FrostAM said,
Now that's a tablet that I'd consider buying.

I would still go with HP's slate. Windows 7 means a more broad acceptance and compatibility with what's out there already. It'll fit right in.

While I think there's room for everyone, I'd prefer Linux on it, for two reasons: price and the freedom to fork anything you want and apply a custom interface (sort of what's happening with netbooks with Moblin and Ubuntu Netbook Remix, which are well established by now). Give Asus eeepc T91 a look, it still relies on third party apps to gain a more usable interface on smaller screens with Windows XP. I guess that's where the slimmed down W7 interface comes into play. It'll be interesting to see what they make of it :)

Symod said,
While I think there's room for everyone, I'd prefer Linux on it, for two reasons: price and the freedom to fork anything you want and apply a custom interface (sort of what's happening with netbooks with Moblin and Ubuntu Netbook Remix, which are well established by now). Give Asus eeepc T91 a look, it still relies on third party apps to gain a more usable interface on smaller screens with Windows XP. I guess that's where the slimmed down W7 interface comes into play. It'll be interesting to see what they make of it :)

No ones stopping OEMs from making a custom shell ontop of Windows 7 for their tablets you know.

I think Linux (at least Ubuntu) has support for Macbook multitouch pads, and there were those video demonstrations of multitouch interface on touchscreens. So imagine a full fleshed distro using those features, with nice Compiz effects, and actual functionality. Ha! Me would want.

P.S. I didn't mean the previous post to sound like Linux fanboyism, all I'm saying there are technical possibilities to make a cheaper iPad, done right.

Josh said,
Yes... the bezel should be "even" on all sides and free of branding. That ruins the aesthetics.

No, this one is designed to be held landscape, so your fingers would be on the bezel more. The thinner top and bottom is to get a better ratio. Brand, that's up to them.

It's main intention maybe landscape, but maybe I want to flip it portrait. There are an equal number of scenarios where/when I can see having both being advantageous, and where I think the iPad's philosophy merits credit. I know the branding is up to them, but IMHO I think having it "front and center" is a design flaw, not an asset.

Josh said,
Yes... the bezel should be "even" on all sides and free of branding. That ruins the aesthetics.

It appears to be fairly even to me. Perhaps it's the angle of the picture making it look like its not.

LAMj said,
anyone gonna complain about the bezel ;)

Of course they won't, people around here only complain about things like that when Apple makes the item.

LAMj said,
anyone gonna complain about the bezel ;)

They're making good use of the bezel, buttons (plural :p), what looks like a notification light at the far end, a camera, a mic and a MSI logo.

medium_pimpin said,
I don't think the iPad will be an MSI killer...

LOL

Edited by Syanide, Jan 28 2010, 7:38pm : accidentally clicked, nothing written.

morphen said,
so.... the iPad done right? ;)

yea pretty much :P

but then again i bet most tablet with the same price tag will be better :P
android though, i dont know :/
give me windows 7 :P
HP for me it seems :)

Well the presence of Android alone means it's better than the iPad, multitasking and Flash later in the year when Adobe release a new version.

thealexweb said,
Well the presence of Android alone means it's better than the iPad, multitasking and Flash later in the year when Adobe release a new version.

not to mention open source :)

morphen said,

not to mention open source :)

Interesting to see if updates for iPad OS are free or not, for iPod Touch there are not, Android free and open-source :)