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CeBIT 2011 | MSI unveils WindPad 100A specs and introduces WindPad 110W

MSI unveils new WindPad tablets; Honeycomb and Windows 7 OS present

At the CeBIT conference in Germany, MSI announced two semi-new products. The first product, the WindPad 100A, had been previously shown at CES earlier this year but there was no official word on specs. The 2nd tablet, the WindPad 110W, is a new device even though a similar version (The WindPad 100W) has been available in stores worldwide.

As far as the WindPad 100A goes, it was previously known that it would include a 10.1” display, Android, GPS, Wi-Fi, and optional 3G. However, in their original press release MSI listed an ARM processor as the culprit behind the tablets functionalities. That appears to have changed, as MSI announced the 100A has been outfitted with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 Processor and Android Honeycomb 3.0.

With regards to the 110W, it is MSI’s AMD Fusion entry into the tablet market. The 110W is basically the same tablet as the 100W, but with a different processor being the main change. As you may recall, the 100W features 1GB DDR2 RAM, a 10.1” display with a 1024x600 pixel resolution, Windows 7, and an Intel Atom processor. Seeing as the Atom processor had difficulty handling Windows 7, MSI appears to have changed things up by including an AMD Fusion Ontario C-50 processor. The C-50 processor is part of the AMD Brazos family and features an onboard AMD HD 6250 graphics card. In addition to the stronger processor, MSI seems to have added a few subtle design changes to the new tablet. Unfortunately, it was locked away behind a glass case and was unavailable for direct use.

If you were looking to purchase a tablet but were having trouble choosing, MSI just added a couple new choices to confound your decision. The 100A should provide a decent option for Android fans, while the 110W should provide a strong Windows 7 experience for others. While MSI has yet to announce any release date for the tablets, our colleagues at Germany managed to go hands-on with the WindPad 100A in the video featured below.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-03- 3 (Update: 2021-05-18)