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MSI to Release Its Own Tablet, Does 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.

  • tenor77
    multi-tasking?
    Real OS?
    1080?

    Win
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  • captaincharisma
    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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  • aspireonelover
    good job MSI, this is an iPad done right!
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  • NapoleonDK
    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
    "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
    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
    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
    But Ars also has its doubts about MSI's ability to rival the "refinement of Apple's user interface."

    iGag
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  • eklipz330
    iBreastpump?
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  • Pyroflea
    Yay, a not-shitty version of the iPad!
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