In the wake of Apple unveiling the iPad, MSI has revealed that it plans to release a similar tablet computer later this year. This will run Google’s Android OS, sport a 10-inch touchscreen, and start at about the same price as Apple’s model.
Micro-Star International (MSI) has actually been talking about this device for a few weeks now, but this is the first time the company has said that its tablet will run Google’s operating system — which was actually designed for smartphones.
Many other details on this model remain a mystery — including the name — but its manufacturer says that it will actually be a range of products, each with different specifications.
All of these will be light and slim, with some form of wireless connectivity.
NVIDIA Tegra 2 Inside
One detail that MSI isn’t keeping quiet about this upcoming tablet is that it will be based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor.
This chip has been designed specifically for this class of products. It emphasizes good performance with low battery requirements.
The Tegra 2 is a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU running up to 1 GHz. Its actually eight independent processors to handle web browsing, HD video encode and decode, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 acceleration for streaming video and 3D mobile games.
Pricing and Availability
MSI plans to have its Android OS-based tablet computer on the market in the second half of this year.
Prices will surely vary depending on the configuration, but its manufacturer says they will start at $500.
Apple iPad vs. MSI’s Tablet
As much of the civilized world is well aware, the Apple iPad was announced yesterday, making it the most high-profile tablet-shaped computer ever. This has drawn a great deal of attention to this class of devices, which previously have been overlooked by virtually everyone.
The goal of tablets is to find a spot in the market between a laptop and a smartphone. That’s why these products offer features drawn from both: a large screen to make web browsing and watching movies easier, but no keyboard to save on size and weight.
When they are released later this year, the iPad and MSI’s device will have much in common: both are going to have screens that are about 10 inches when measured diagonally. And both will run operating systems designed for smartphones, the iPhone OS and the Android OS.
Of course, Apple is a company that is much better known in the U.S. than MSI. But MSI has a large following in Asia, while Google’s Android OS is becoming a hot item in America.