So far, MSI hasn't exactly set the tablet world alight with its offerings, including the underwhelming WindPad 100W, but at Computex it has revealed two more tablets it hopes will reverse its fortunes.
The tablets, the WindPad Enjoy 7 and WindPad Enjoy 10, are both Android-powered devices but feature the older Gingerbread flavour rather than the tablet-specific Honeycomb version, which most new tablets are shipping with. MSI has said the reason for this choice is broader compatibility with Android 2.3 and also better stability. Despite this, neither tablet will be licensed to access the Android Market, although MSI did tell Engadget it is planning “a workaround to let you obtain apps,” however it wasn't clear how that would be done. The models on display at Computex were early pre-production versions with MSI saying that full production would begin in July with the slates shipping later that month. MSI is promising a sub-$300 price point for the Enjoy 10 and a lower price again for the Enjoy 7 – which is nice to see.
Looking more closely at the tablets themselves, the Enjoy 10 is as you could have guessed is a 10in tablet with a capacitive multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024 x 768. Inside is an ARM Cortex A8 1.2GHz (single-core) processor, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a 27.3WHr battery. The tablet is said to support playback for 1080p video and the 2-megapixel camera can record 720p video. The smaller Enjoy 7 tablet has similar specs with a smaller 7in display with a resolution of 800 x 480 and a smaller 17.3WHr battery. The Enjoy WindPads are set to launch in the US in July, followed soon after by a European launch.
The presence of Gingerbread rather than Honeycomb, a single-core processor and absence of Market access could mean these tablets are dead before they even go into production, but the low price quoted by MSI could mean they have a limited appeal. We’ll have to wait and see when we get our hands on them later in the year.