MSI chairman Joseph Hsu revealed the Slatebook tablet PC will be launched in the US and Europe through cooperation with local telecom carriers in Q3 2010. The company will show off its new laptops at Computex, and announced the netbook lineup will be simplified as consumer demand for this type of devices is tanking rapidly.
However, despite the selling of the iPad, Hsu believes global market demand for tablet PCs is unlikely to take off until 2011 when supporting applications and services are sufficiently available
The company recently adjusted its product lineup for 2010 and has separated its existing notebooks into six major categories – F series notebooks with "fashionable" designs, G-series for gaming, C-series classic notebooks, Wind U netbooks, X-Slim ultra-thin notebooks and MSI Slatebook tablet PCs.
Meanwhile, the company has also simplified its netbook lineup and will only launch 2-3 new models each year in the future to satisfy remaining demand, as consumer demand for netbooks is dropping rapidly, Hsu noted.