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MSI Wind-Pad
Steve Jobs boasts of 2 million iPads sold

Apple's iPad continues to snare new customers to around the world. Apple was happy to announce earlier in May that it sold over one million iPads in less than a month. Today, thanks to the international launch of the "magical" device, sales have surpassed the two million mark.

This past weekend saw the iPad launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Some stores even had customers lining up for hours to get their hands on the device. And as always, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was more than happy to gloat about his company's latest creation.

“Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Jobs. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

In other tablet news, Computex 2010 appears to be shaping up to be a showcase for iPad competitors. Earlier today, we told you about two new tablets from ASUS.

MSI is also getting in on the action with the 10" Wind-Pad. The device features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD. The device runs Windows 7 Home Premium with a custom touch-focused UI running on top. Other features include USB and HDMI ports, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 3G wireless radio.

According to MSI, the device weighs 1.78 pounds and can operate for up to 8 hours on a charge.

MSI expects to make the Wind-Pad available later this year at a price of around $500.

Updated 5/31/2010 @ 11:48 am

OCW has some additional info on the MSI Wind-Pad. The device features a 1.3MP webcam, a GPS receiver, accelerometer, and a host of MSI-specific software to take advantage of the multi-touch screen.

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The Wind-Pad Windows 7 tablet Faildozer...
By Constable odo on 5/31/2010 4:23:29 PM , Rating: 2
If MSI can manage to sell 5,000 units of a Windows 7 tablet, I'll be totally amazed. Why the hell would any normal consumer want that sort of complicated and bloated Windows 7 desktop OS running on an Atom-powered light tablet. Are they going to get even four hours of battery life out of a power-sucking desktop OS? I'm not saying this tablet wouldn't be useful for niche users, but why the hell wouldn't a user just buy some cheap netbook or netvertible instead.

Putting Windows 7 desktop in a light tablet is like trying to pilot the Independence of the Seas cruise ship in a swimming pool. I guarantee MSI will fail terribly trying to sell this Windows 7 travesty to consumers. If this formula was going to be successful, I'm sure HP would have had their Slate into consumers' hands by now. I think MSI wanted to go the ARM route, but Intel was putting pressure on them and forcing them to use the Atom.

By damianrobertjones on 5/31/2010 5:29:45 PM , Rating: 3
You do realise that many people are running said Windows 7 on many netbooks out there with no issue at all? Some also have SSD drives which makes Win7 into an absolute speed demon.

I use an Acer 1820ptz with Win7 along with a Crucial 64Gb SSD and it works amazingly well.

Please remember that items like the HP tc1100 have a cult following and there are plenty of people out there waiting for an attractive device with Windows 7 (Not counting the Archos 9 as that REALLY featured a very weak CPU)

I will buy the Wind-pad as long as it has an SSD drive. Done.

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