At Computex this year, many companies were looking to release their very own iPad contenders into the tablet market. MSI is one of those. Earlier today, MSI announced two tablets under the “Windpad” name, the Windpad 100 and the Windpad 110.
The Windpad 100 (picture above) is based on Windows 7 with a custom UI that MSI created called WindTouch. The Windpad 100 is made completely of plastic, which might feel a little cheap after using the aluminum-based iPad. It runs on a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD where Windows 7 Home Premium is stored, and a 10″ 1024×600 resolution capacitive touchscreen. Because this is merely a prototype at the moment, my guess is that we won’t see this device on shelves until late this year and is said to retail at $499, a very competitive price with the iPad.
The Windpad 110 takes a cheaper approach, however, with a projected starting price of $399. The tablet also sports a brand new nVidia Tegra 2 processor that runs Android 2.1 on a 10″ capactive touchscreen.
What I believe will be interesting is if people choose Android over Windows. Apple’s own iPad is an application-based operating system much like Android and definitely has advantages in speed and ease-of-use over a full-fledged computer operating system like Windows 7. Android was made for a touchscreen interface like the Windpad 110 and should make the device shine as a whole.