Dirk Meyer, AMD’s former CEO often spoke about his lack of faith in believing that netbooks and tablets have a strong future. With his coup de grace departure in January 2011, AMD opened up to new technologies and now MSI is coming to the market with a $599 tablet powered by AMD’s Fusion APU.
On CeBIT 2011, MSI released official details on WindPad 110W, a 10.1" tablet powered by AMD Fusion C-50 APU, combined with 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 32GB SSD. Tablet also comes with a good expansion list; an SD slot for up to 128GB of additional storage (SDHC Compliant slot), USB 2.0, mini-HDMI 1.3a as well as wireless connections – 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0.
Do note that some websites incorrectly listed the processor as Fusion E-350, i.e. an 18 Watt TDP "Zacate" silicon – 1.6GHz Dual-core Bobcat with Radeon HD 6310. However, according to MSI the WindPad 110W tablet is using a 9 Watt Ontario silicon – 1GHz dual-core Bobcat with Radeon HD 6250. Both CPU and GPU cores are identical in hardware capabilities and die size, the only difference being the clocks and of course, power consumption.
To power all of that MSI built in the 4200 mAh battery. This quite impressive feature list grows even more given the high screen resolution – 1280×800 means this tablet is "HD Ready" and plays 720p movies without downsizing.
However, unlike the sea of tablets we’ve seen lately, this is the first tablet with a Windows 7 operating system that comes at a "tablet", iOS/Android competing price. MSI priced this tablet at $599, which is more realistic selling price that other Intel powered tablets we’ve seen from HP, Acer and the likes – which are going for $849, $899 and even $999.
WindPad 110W tablet will be available on global market starting June 1, 2011 and you can already find it listed on e-tailers in the EMEA and North America.