MSI just revealed the newest addition to its tech lineup at Computex 2010. The WindPad 100 is a 10″ (1024×600 resolution) Windows 7 Home Premium tablet powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor and packing 2 GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD hard drive. The MSI tablet will also feature two USB ports, an HDMI port, as well as a webcam.
Something interesting about the tablet is that is made entirely of plastic. Sadly, it does feel like it, but on the bright side, the WindPad also weighs in at a mere 1.7 pounds. The prototype featured at Computex didn’t have any of the ports listed above, but the final product is expected to output 720p video to an HDTV.
The MSI WindPad 100 tablet is expected to hit the market later this year for a cool $499.
The title pretty much says it all. Under pressure from iPad and Android tablet competition, Microsoft has recently launched a new version of the Windows 7 operating system software specifically for slate and tablet devices. We know that the new OS will be called Windows Embedded Compact 7, but other than that, there are not many other details that are known. It’ll essentially be a compartmentalized version of the Windows 7 OS that can be embedded at the hardware level.
There were several prototype devices running on Microsoft’s new tablet OS at Computex 2010, so its potential developments into a full-fledged tablet OS should be pretty interesting. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any developments we hear about.
At Computex 2010, Onkyo revealed a new netbook with not one, but two 10.1 inch LCD screens. Along with two screens, $956 will land you a netbook with AMD’s 1.6GHz Neo MV-40 processor, 320GB of hard-drive, 2GB of ram, and ATI’s Radeon HD 3200 graphics card. Additionally, it comes with a webcam, wifi, bluetooth capabilities, Windows 7, and a battery lasting close to 4 hours.
This is definitely not a cheap netbook and we believe there are numerous other more inexpensive and better alternatives out there. However, should you want to acquire this model, it will go on sale for $956 in December.
HP has developed a netbook geared towards the younger generations in need of a laptop. The Mini Classmate netbook, which was revealed at Computex 2010 has everything you’d want in a laptop (if you were a kid). It comes with a handle on the back, keyboard with raised keys, intel atom processor and SuSE Linux 11 operating system. While similar to the Mini 5102, most of the details about this netbook remain to be discovered, as HP has only peaked our interests with this display, leaving us wanting more information. We will keep you updated as more info comes out.
Via Slashgear, image via Engadget.
A few days ago, there was a rumor that Acer would be releasing a Chrome OS-based netbook at the upcoming Computex 2010 showcase. Unfortunately, this rumor turns out to be just that — a rumor. Recently, Acer has officially said that it will not be releasing such a device at Computex 2010.
Furthermore, Acer has announced that they will not be releasing any Chrome OS-based devices. Don’t worry though, we’ll keep you posted when we hear any other juicy rumors.
At the company’s investor meeting in Santa Clara, California this past week, Intel showed off a netbook that was equipped with the company’s very own Intel Atom dual-core processor. The webcast event also showed off a new tablet computer that would be equipped with an Intel Atom chipset.
New netbooks and tablets featuring Intel chips will be displayed at Computex 2010. According to Mooly Eden, the Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s PC Client Group, the company wants to raise the bar in netbook performance and they’re aiming to do that with the release of dual-core Atom processors. Essentially, this technology will allow users to more efficiently run multiple applications on their netbooks at the same time.
Netbooks have been around for a while, and people are no longer willing to sacrifice their relatively poor performance (at least compared to laptops) for the added portability and convenience. Eden says, “People are not willing to compromise anymore. We do not think about one thing, we think about several things at a time. We expect our computer to do the same thing.”
According to Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini, the netbook market is continuing to grow, so improving the performance of netbook technology is very important.