CES 2011: MSI WindPad 100A Tegra 2 Android Tablet Offers a Peek; Q2 Release Date Likely

January 7, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

CES 2011 has MSI presence in a major way, but somehow a couple of days earlier when the company held their press conference at the Las Vega venue we thought something was missing.   At the press meet the company had been talking only about the various notebooks laden with Intel’s Sandy Bridge. We, in the meantime, were looking for some possible tablets!

The company finally has brought on the slate they had been making all the while. The MSI WindPad 100A was seen peeking out of a MSI showcase at CES. The Android tablet is almost ready for roll out, and we are now expecting a retail release date. We hear the tablet might be rolled out to retail during the second quarter of this year. Hope MSI confirms a final date.

We know this is an Android slate, but aren’t sure as to what version of Android it will have within. The prototype on show at CES 2011 tells us that the design is fairly awesome, with a 10-inch display.

The 1024×600 MSI WindPad 100A may not be the ultra slim variety you are looking for these days, but let’s tell you, the device is sturdy and can manage rough conditions effectively.

Sporting full size HDMI output, a full size SD card slot and mini USB, the MSI WindPad 100A will come powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 system on a chip. The device will also be offered with GPS and a 3G SIM card slot.

We would now want to know what is on the pricing front. Join us as we go looking for that.

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