updated 11:25 pm EDT, Wed October 20, 2010
MSI WindPad 100 gets long term delay
MSI's Windows based WindPad 100 has been delayed past the launch of its Android counterpart, the company said. Originally due to ship as soon as this past summer, it now won't arrive until after the Android-based WindPad 110 ships in March. The reasons for the delay weren't clarified, but they were clarified by Digitimes as being sensitive to "market status" and pushed back to the second wave of hardware.
The 110 should be ready for an introduction at US and would use the more tablet-optimized Android 3.0 by the time it's ready for public display. Unlike some other Android tablets, it would have full USB ports and HDMI to support more substantial expansion.
More conventional plans would have MSI's first Wind netbooks using dual-core Atom N550 chips in November and a more in-depth roadmap in December.
A delay by MSI would be a second major setback within a day for Microsoft's tablet ambitions, since Lenovo killed its Windows plans in favor of Android. Company chief Steve Ballmer had promised iPad rivals by the holidays, but apart from HP's still undetermined Slate 500 launch date, few appear ready to ship on time. Computer manufacturers have faced challenges in adapting Windows 7 to tablets without keyboards. While it has some multi-touch support, most of the OS is still optimized for a mouse, and current Intel processors often deliver half or less of the battery life of an ARM-based tablet like the iPad.