MSI to debut Windows 7 slate next month

Word out of Digitimes is MSI, in addition to showing off their Android-based M Pad, will unveil an Atom-powered slate running Windows 7 called the “Slatebook”.

MSI’s Slatebook tablet PC will adopt Windows 7 with Intel’s latest Atom Zxx series processor (Menlow), a 10-inch display, and built-in 3G and Wi-Fi modules. The unit will be priced below US$500, the sources noted.

So basically, an Atom-powered slate Tablet PC, much like what the HP Slate would have been (or will be), minus HP’s TouchSmart interface and presumably without an active digitizer. While it’s possible it will be more than a plain vanilla tablet, I wouldn’t put any money on that.

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Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

6 COMMENTS

  1. If it’s out to compete with the iPad, it better have an active digitizer. Besides a full OS, that’s only other thing it could have going for it.
    Pen is the way to go.

  2. Is is just me, or is this a wierd name? I understand “Slate” one tablet or pad thing. I understand “Book” one display thing and one keyboard hinged together, like a notebook or netbook.

    From a technolgy stand point the name is an oxymoron. Perhaps “Book” referes to the eRaeder capability; SlateReader?

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