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MSI to Release Its Own Tablet, Does Multitasking

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 52 comments

MISI's Android-based touchscreen tablet will definitely have one advantage over iPad: multitasking.

MSI is expected to release a 10-inch touchscreen tablet the second half of this year for around $500 USD. The unnamed prototype was originally revealed earlier this month at CES 2010, however the tablet is now expected to compete with Apple's lower-priced iPad models in the coming months. MSI is just one of many manufacturers preparing tablets for the second half of 2010, including Acer and Asus.

Under the hood, MSI's device will feature Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset and Google's Android operating system. Ubergizmo reports that the device will be able to run Full HD video at 1080p resolution, beating out the iPad's 720p video playback on its 1024 x 768 pixel display. Digitimes adds that it will be more PC-friendly, combining the light-weight design of a mobile device with the functionality of a notebook.

Ars Technica adds that it's apparent MSI has made a few customizations to the Android operating system so that it can adapt to the larger form factor. But Ars also has its doubts about MSI's ability to rival the "refinement of Apple's user interface." Ars points out one huge advantage MSI's gadget will have over Steve Job's little cherub: Android has full support for multitasking, which we expect Apple to solve before the iPad goes on sale in 2 months.

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    tenor77 , January 28, 2010 10:30 PM
    multi-tasking?
    Real OS?
    1080?

    Win
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    aspireonelover , January 28, 2010 10:32 PM
    good job MSI, this is an iPad done right!
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    captaincharisma , January 28, 2010 10:31 PM
    i hopw asus or acer allows you to put a version of windows or linux on there tablets. these mobile OS are going to be too restrictive
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  • 36 Hide
    tenor77 , January 28, 2010 10:30 PM
    multi-tasking?
    Real OS?
    1080?

    Win
  • 22 Hide
    captaincharisma , January 28, 2010 10:31 PM
    i hopw asus or acer allows you to put a version of windows or linux on there tablets. these mobile OS are going to be too restrictive
  • 29 Hide
    aspireonelover , January 28, 2010 10:32 PM
    good job MSI, this is an iPad done right!
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    NapoleonDK , January 28, 2010 10:32 PM
    Now this is what I've been waiting for... All of the comments on the iPad and its lack of this-feature-or-that-feature-or-whatever will be directed at a platform that actually has potential; ANDROID + TEGRA. :) 
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    mousey , January 28, 2010 10:47 PM
    "Apple's lower-priced iPad models" ... What? The cheapest iPad is $499, the most expensive is over $800. They just said that the MSI thing would be around $500 so what are they talking about?
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    groveborn , January 28, 2010 10:52 PM
    mousey"Apple's lower-priced iPad models" ... What? The cheapest iPad is $499, the most expensive is over $800. They just said that the MSI thing would be around $500 so what are they talking about?


    I hope you realize that competing means that you are effectively trying to target the same market. $500 and $499 target the same market. Also, they're likely to be about the same price, not exactly $1 different.
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    doc70 , January 28, 2010 11:19 PM
    Sounds so good, almost did wet my pants. Guess will need an iPad for that.

    /joke (for the trolls out there)
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    philologos , January 28, 2010 11:28 PM
    Quote:
    But Ars also has its doubts about MSI's ability to rival the "refinement of Apple's user interface."


    iGag
  • 7 Hide
    eklipz330 , January 28, 2010 11:49 PM
    iBreastpump?
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    Pyroflea , January 29, 2010 12:22 AM
    Yay, a not-shitty version of the iPad!
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    Honis , January 29, 2010 12:36 AM
    Quote:
    which we expect Apple to solve before the iPad goes on sale in 2 months.
    Yep, just like everyone expected for the iPhone, for the last 3 hardware revisions. Keep up the awesome opinion based articles Kevin. Maybe someday Steve will fly from the heavens and grant you all your iPhone dreams.
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    igot1forya , January 29, 2010 12:44 AM
    iFarted :) 
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    4ILY45 , January 29, 2010 1:02 AM
    Add a webcam & i'm sold..
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    phantomtrooper , January 29, 2010 1:04 AM
    Android + Tegra 2! This is definitely a win.


    I'd like to see what Asus could do with a tablet. I have one of their laptops and it is really nice.
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    matt2k , January 29, 2010 1:04 AM
    is that a snow leopard on the tablets home screen? cos its white and looks like a leopard...
    just saying ;) 
    i'd love to have one of these tablets, but will definitely wait till a coupla generations on (or until my student loan comes through...)
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    matt87_50 , January 29, 2010 1:25 AM
    cool, looks like the competition will be coming thick and fast this year, which is good to see.

    also, Apple's user interface isn't all that. OSX can go **** it's self, I hate it. honestly, I struggle to see how anyone with a modicum of common sense could do any worse than apple has.

    I do think having built in 3G is a nessesity tho. not for all. but for quite a bit of the market.
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    zodiacfml , January 29, 2010 1:31 AM
    acer and asus can do much better than this.
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    Summer Leigh Castle , January 29, 2010 1:41 AM
    Webcam or bust. Web conferencing... Seriously.
  • 5 Hide
    gayan , January 29, 2010 1:43 AM
    iSay iLike iT...
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    fafner , January 29, 2010 1:52 AM
    Looks like a nail to ipad's coffin.
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