MSI Announces WindPad 110W With New AMD Z-01by Dustin Sklavos on July 7, 2011 4:26 PM EST
The tablet market is expanding every bit as rapidly as netbooks did when they first arrived, and then some. MSI has announced their entry into the market today, and it's a very different breed of tablet compared to the largely Android-based units available. The new WindPad 110W has a heck of a lot going on under the hood, including some new kit from AMD.
Unlike the Android-based tablets that have been multiplying in the market, the WindPad 110W is running a full-on Windows 7 Home Premium installation, and a peek under the hood reveals a beastly amount of hardware for a tablet.
At the center of the 110W is the AMD Z-01 APU, a 1GHz dual-core processor with a TDP of just 5.9 watts. Essentially a lower-clocked, much lower-power version of the E-350 we're so fond of, the Z-01 brings with it Radeon HD 6250 graphics with 80 stream processors clocked at 276MHz. Strapped to the single-channel memory controller is 4GB of DDR3, which should be more than enough for what the WindPad is intended for.
The rest of the 110W is no slouch either, with a 32GB SSD integrated, 802.11b/g/n networking, and Bluetooth 3.0 support. The 10" screen is an IPS panel with a 1280x800 resolution. External connectivity is handled by a mini-HDMI port, an SD card reader, and a single USB 2.0 port. If there's one place where the WindPad falters compared to other tablets, though, it's the integrated cameras: both the front-facing and rear-facing cameras are only 1.3 megapixel, miles behind the rest of the pack.
MSI ships it with a two-cell, 4200mAh battery, a Trusted Platform Module, and personalized software for ease of use with touch control. That's important since Windows 7's touch-based controls still leave something to be desired. At 1.87 lbs. it's not too heavy but will definitely be noticeable.
Presales are starting now at Newegg and Amazon, for a reasonable MSRP of $599.
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crispbp04 - Thursday, July 7, 2011 - linkI have my pre-order in at newegg... taking a gamble!
Gigantopithecus - Thursday, July 7, 2011 - linkThe sub-par cameras are not big cons in my opinion as 1.3 megapixel resolution is sufficient for video chatting and I'm not going to be taking pictures with a tablet.
However, both Amazon and Newegg give its weight at 3.3 pounds. That's nearly two pounds heavier than an iPad 2, and a dealbreaker to me. The article says it weighs 1.87 pounds. Clarification...?
crenshaw1979 - Thursday, July 7, 2011 - linkShipping weight
Gigantopithecus - Thursday, July 7, 2011 - linkFrom Newegg:
10.66" x 7.20" x 0.61"
...Are those the dimensions of the box it ships in, too? :P
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
cscpianoman - Thursday, July 7, 2011 - linkFrom MSI's own website: 1.87lbs.
GaMEChld - Friday, July 8, 2011 - linkAnd for what it's worth, I'd take MSI's word over the newegg spec sheet. I love newegg to death, but it is not unheard of for them to have an inaccuracy on a spec sheet.
Spacecomber - Thursday, July 7, 2011 - linkAfter windows 7 is installed, how much hard drive space is left? Will this be enough for this device?
sammsiam - Thursday, July 7, 2011 - linkNo. I have a desktop w/ 30GB SSD. Windows 7 installed fine & only took <1/3rd of the space. 1 yr later & Windows 7 now occupies >20GB with most of the space dedicated to the dreaded winsxs folder. The latest service pack won't install because i'm down to <100MB free space.
Cashmoney995 - Friday, July 8, 2011 - linkI was thinking the same thing. I always loved having a small C:\ drive and Windows 7 initially leaves you to believe its going to be slick and small. Microsoft definitely needs to do something about the winsxs folder, while I know it prevents driver hell, there has to be some reasonable way to get it to a manageable state.
duploxxx - Friday, July 8, 2011 - linkMy 1,5Y old netbook with win7 premium has 11GB windows space used.
Laptop with win7 Ultimate 19GB windows space used.
depends on what you install on the platform.... I am sure the MSI guys are clever enough to deactivate and uninstall the garbage.