updated 06:20 pm EST, Sat January 9, 2010
MSI at CES has new concepts
MSI at CES has rolled out a suite of new systems but notably has also trotted out a pair of prototypes signaling possible plans to get into tablet-class devices. At its booth, the company has been demonstrating a 10-inch tablet using the dual-core Tegra 250. While somewhat heavy, it runs Android and appears to be very responsive, if heavy compared to smaller tablets at the show. Spokespeople didn't have detailed specifications, but it should be capable of 1080p video courtesy of the processor.
Also on tap is a unique mini notebook with dual 7-inch touchscreens. Apart from having a MacBook-like design, it appears to run Windows 7 and may have a customized Windows 7 variant with an oversized dock at top. Unlike the pure tablet, this didn't have detailed specifications but is likely to be running a Pine Trail-era Intel Atom processor given the choice of operating system and unveiling timeframe.
Both devices, along with an existing e-book reader, tentatively make MSI a newfound competitor against not only known tablet makers like HP and ICD but also expected entrants like Apple.
Another concept, the Jellow, appears to be a variant of the company's Wind Top all-in-ones but has a unique sliding 23-inch display that reveals a detachable keyboard as well as an Apple-like mouse. It's not evident if or when the system would become a production model.
On top of the future designs, MSI has also upgraded much of its full-size notebook line to use Intel's new Core i5 and i7 as well as new graphics. The new updates are headed up by the GX640, GX740, GE600 and GE700; these have screens up to 17.3 inches, Core i5 processors and dedicated Mobility Radeon HD 5000 graphics (we saw Mobility Radeon HD 5730s on show floor units). More budget-oriented CR420, CR620 and CR720 models also get the i5 upgrade but have 14- to 17-inch displays and often use Intel's on-chip integrated graphics.
As is often the case, pricing and ship dates weren't given for MSI's conventional notebooks, but it usually brings these to the US.
Dual touchscreen 7-inch notebook
Jellow all-in-one concept