MSI Preps Tablet PC for Computex Debut

Paul Lilly

What originally was shaping up to be a busy summer with handheld tablet releases from all directions is quickly turning into an iPad-only affair. HP recently pulled its Windows 7-based Slate off the table, perhaps because the OEM is now more interested in webOS following its acquisition of Palm , and Microsoft put a fork in its Courier project. So who's left standing?

MSI, for one. According to a DigiTimes report, MSI will be on hand at this year's Computex convention to show off its Slatebook, a handheld tablet PC built around Intel's mobile internet device (MID) platform. Those in the know claim the Slatebook will sport the latest Intel Atom Zxx processor, a 10-inch display, built-in 3G and Wi-Fi modules, and Windows 7, all at a sub-$500 price point.

Perhaps a bit more interesting, MSI is also apparently considering a tablet based on Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform (pictured below), which would lend itself a bit more gaming prowess than the upcoming crop of strictly Atom-based devices. However, MSI wants to get a feel for the market reception for its Slatebook before moving on to bigger and better things in the tablet space.

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