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MSI reveals plans to launch $500 Tegra-powered tablet in 2010

by Parm Mann on 28 January 2010, 13:08

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2010 has been labelled by some as "the year of the tablet", and whilst Apple's eagerly-awaited iPad seemingly struggles to live up to the hype, there's no shortage of competition in what's sure to be a fiercely-contested form factor

The latest tablet contender is MSI, whose sales director Sambora Chen - presumably catching scent of the doubt surround Apple's iPad prospects - has promptly revealed that the company's NVIDIA Tegra-powered tablet PC will arrive in the second half of 2010.

The MSI system, pictured above in prototype-form, is said to be priced at $500 - matching the entry-level cost of Apple's iPad.

Speaking to Chinese newspaper Digitimes, Chen states that MSI's tablet will offer a 10in touchscreen display and, whilst remaining thin and light for mobility, will provide all the functions of a regular notebook.

Presumably powered by NVIDIA's second-generation Tegra SoC, the MSI tablet is likely to feature a 1GHz dual-core CPU and a HD-capable NVIDIA GPU. The device was first seen at CES earlier this month, sporting Google's Android operating system.

Expect to see this, and a wave of other tablets, feature heavily at the CeBIT trade show in March 2010.

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The only thing the iPad has done for me is make me look forward to other manufacturer's offerings. And I'm even more looking forward to Microsoft's Courier if it ever gets produced.
They're all way too overpriced / underpowered for me. Until they produce a tablet with something close to the performance of my lap top, or dump the price to around 250 squid, I'm just not interested. I don't mind paying a premium for a smart phone, because at the end of the day you are paying for the miniaturisation.