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Sunday, 16 January 2011 11:05

MSI's WindPad 100W tablet to retail at €599

Written by Slobodan Simic

Intel Atom Z530
MSI has finally shed some light on its WindPad 100W 10-inch tablet that will be available in Europe with a €599 price tag. The price gets you a 10-inch slate tablet that runs Windows 7 on Intel's 1.6GHz Atom Z530 CPU.

The 10-inch touchscreen has a 1024x600 resolution, while the rest of the specs include 2GB of memory, 32GB of SSD storage, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, two cameras (front and rear), G-sensor, mini HDMI ouptut and USB. Although it sounds like a good deal we are pretty sure that Android/Tegra 2 tablets are certainly more appealing due to their pricing.

The new MSI WindPad tablet should appear in retail pretty soon and is backed by a two-year warranty.

Last modified on Sunday, 16 January 2011 11:02
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+7 #1 Fud_u 2011-01-16 11:59
I don't think a 1.6GHz Atom will cut it for Win7. This might be a cold wind in the face. Nonetheless, competition is an awesome sight.
+8 #2 JAB Creations 2011-01-16 12:07
Linux or XP should be running on these tablets because they're not wildly bloated pieces of software. €599 is more than $600 so why does this sport an anemic 1024x600 resolution?
+15 #3 123s 2011-01-16 13:00
pretty crappy spec for such a crazy price
+13 #4 MrScary 2011-01-16 13:33
I can´t imagine how this turd is coming out the market when it could be a super AMD Fusion, 600€ what a joke.

AMD Fusion E-350 at 1,6Ghz and AMD 6310 smokes this shit all days.

[censored] intel
+12 #5 MrScary 2011-01-16 14:15
A shame, AMD Zacate smokes atoms+ion 2 like weed:

+6 #6 milkod2001 2011-01-16 18:56
for that price one could get pretty good 15" laptop(2-3 core,4 gb etc)...

as for tablets,they need to lower price to 200-300 euro max. if they want us to buy them useless shiny things :)
+7 #7 mic.b 2011-01-17 01:39
Another overpriced, slow, ugly, useless crap. Tablets are not just PC's without keyboard!
Why no one can make superb device of this kind? I hope with gonna bring some good tablets to market. Besides iPad and Galaxy Pad, current offerings are just pathetic.
+4 #8 aussiebear 2011-01-17 03:29
There's actually two versions of this device...

WindPad 100A => ARM + Android
WindPad 100W => Atom Z530 + Win7 Home Premium

MSI originally made the WindPad 100. It was to be ARM-based with Android. A friend from Taiwan informed me Microsoft and Intel provided MSI "incentives" to build an Atom + Windows version. They (MS/Intel) wanted to enter this market through OEMs and gain some marketshare.

So the WindPad 100 became the WindPad 100A.

As you can see. Its not about the technical merits of a product and selling a useful solution to the consumer. Its about marketshare.
+6 #9 Nintendork 2011-01-17 05:47
As long as those incentives were not at the expense of not using fusion...

Really, Atom always were crap. Acer has a tablet with ontario tjat should be the only alternative to ARM specially for Windows 7, even with ION Atom is slow, add crappy intel graphic. What a joke.

Now that they can't threat anyone I see OEM ditiching Atom(or Atom+ION) an go 100% Fusion, it's cheaper and with more power and battery life. Why not to love the Fusion chips?
+1 #10 radeonxt 2011-01-17 09:18
That's strange, 549€ costs in spain,


50€ less & confirmed by msi.

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