MSI announced it plans to introduce its first Android 3.0-based tablet by the end of March 2011, while tablets based on the Windows operating system have been delayed. The company originally planned to release a Wintel tablet in Q3 2010, but this 10.1" model is now expected to be launched in the second round, depending on market status.
The Android-based 10.1-inch Wind Pad tablet PC is set to be priced below US$500 with integrated USB and HDMI ports and will target a different market than other tablet PCs. Engineering samples of the device are expected to be ready in December and the company is set to showcase the product at CES 2011.
As for the tablet PC's advantages against Apple's iPad, MSI pointed out that in addition to price, the design of USB and HDMI ports as well as enhanced user interface and software applications are all advantages and these designs will be suitable to meet consumer needs.