updated 11:20 am EST, Thu February 24, 2011
MSI WindPad 110W and 100A due at CeBIT
MSI plans to escalate its tablet ambitions at the CeBIT tech show next week, sources said Thursday. The company would improve on its WindPad tablets with the 110W, an upgraded Windows 7 slate that will switch from an old Intel Atom to AMD's new Fusion-based, dual-core 1GHz C-50 chip. The update seen by Digitimes would finally give it full DirectX 11-class graphics, Aero Glass in the Windows interface and better support for HD video.
The design would be similar on the inside, with a 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi and sensors for both motion and light detection.
MSI is also reportedly poised to respin its Android tablet, the WindPad 100A, to take advantage of the official launch of Android 3.0. It would still run on an NVIDIA Tegra 2, but the new interface would eliminate complaints about the lack of an optimized interface and the absence of hardware buttons, since these were no longer necessary. The company's design choices suggest that the 100A had been meant for Android 3.0 all along but was shown early to prove MSI was involved in tablets.
Ship dates weren't given out. MSI usually ships in weeks when a device is final, but it announces for each country as they become available. US releases for the 110W and 100A are both likely but may have to wait.
WindPad 100A (using Android 2.2)