Apple already has a virtual monopoly on the tablet PC market with the iPad, and it has a media event slated for next week where it is expected to unveil details of the next generation iPad 2. Motorola just launched the Xoom–the first tablet based on Android 3.0 “Honeycomb”, and there are tablets expected later this year from RIM using the QNX OS, and from HP with a WebOS tablet. What is missing from this mix so far is a Windows 7 tablet–but not for long.
Micro-Star International, more commonly known as MSI, has three tablets coming soon, two of which will run Windows 7. All of the tablets are 10.1 inch models, but the difference between the two Windows 7 tablets will be under the hood. One will run an Intel CPU, and the second will be a more economical model built on an AMD processor.
An article from PCWorld quotes MSI marketing manager Luc Liao. “If you like the Mac OS, you’d choose the iPad, but if you prefer Windows 7 or Android, you’d choose ours. Business people who use Windows already will find that these tablets work with what they’ve done before.”
Personally, I still think that the tablet is not a PC and that vendors would have more success building tablets around a mobile OS like Windows Phone 7 rather than the Windows 7 desktop OS. But, what do you think?