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CES 2010: Hands-on with MSI 10-inch Tegra Tablet & Concepts

Andy Vandervell


CES 2010: Hands-on with MSI 10-inch Tegra Tablet & Concepts

After the excitement of nVidia's Tegra 2 press conference I've been keen to get a closer look at some of the concepts shown. MSI was one of the companies to produce one and it had its 10in, Tegra 2 powered tablet sitting on its booth. I scampered over to take a look at it and a couple of other tablet ideas MSI was showing.

While we know this thing is running Tegra 2, most of technical details – such as the screen resolution – remain unknown. What I was able to glean, however, is that the 10in multi-touch display was very accurate and that Android absolutely flies when running on Tegra 2.

Reading a book on the 10in screen

Be it photo galleries, HD videos, games, or eBooks, everything loaded more or less instantly, making for a very pleasurable experience. Whether it's one you really need is quite a different matter, but no one seems that interested in the why right now.

Next up was a small dual-screen tablet (above), which was a completely static, non-functional demo. As such there isn't a great deal to say aside from the fact that it looks kind of nice.

Rather more interactive was the massive, dual-screen notebook (above and below). No word on what this unit was running, but the software was Windows 7, with the bottom screen acting as a virtual keyboard when required. In loose terms the idea is that this could be used as an eBook reader and mobile PC in one, though with two multi-touch displays it's bound to be one expensive device!

Overall, all the devices looked and felt exactly what they are: concepts. That's fine for now, but sooner or later someone needs to decide what these things are supposed to do. Any ideas? Let us know in the comments.

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