New Tablets From MSI and Gigabyte on the Horizon

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CES brought many new tablet announcements, including news from MSI about the release of two delayed additions to their WindPad line, and from Gigabyte about its heavyweight, high-end S1080.

MSI WindPad 100WMSI WindPad100W

MSI originally announced the Windows operated WindPad 100W at Computex back in June 2010. However, both it and its sister machine, the Android operated WindPad 100A, had been interminably stalled. Both experienced a re-unveiling this year, with a full set of specs and somewhat more concrete release date (at least for the 100W).

The WindPad 100W will run Windows 7 Home Premium OS and is heavier than the 100A, weighing in at 1.76 pounds. The  100W will feature an Intel Menlow Z530 processor and a 32 GB solid state hard drive, as well as a GPS locator, Wi-Fi connectivity (3G optional), and USB and HDMI ports. According to MSI, this tablet should be available in Q1 2011, with prices starting at $499.

MSI WindPad 100A

MSI’s WindPad 100A is the 100W’s Android counterpart, sporting Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). It will feature a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen, and at 1.6 pounds comes in just a tad heavier than the iPad. Other features include an ARM processor, GPS locator, Wi-Fi connectivity (with the possibility for 3G), and USB and HDMI ports. Battery life has been a question for MSI machines in the past, however the 100A will supposedly run eight to ten hours on a single charge. Exact price and release information has not been confirmed by MSI.

Gigabyte S1080

The Taiwanese company Gigabyte (we looked at their unique Booktop PC last month) also has a new 10.1-inch tablet hitting the market. The weighty, 1.98 pound S1080 runs Windows 7, and features an Intel Atom N550 dual core processor.  It has a sizable 320 GB hard drive, USB 3.0, built in VGA port, and 1024 x 600 screen resolution. The multi-touch S1080 will also have Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a 1.3 megapixel camera. It will not have an HDMI port (the VGA sitting in its place). No price has been confirmed yet, but the S1080 should go on sale next month.

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