MSI is delaying the launch of its Intel-powered Windows 7 tablet until 2011 for Intel releases its Oak Trail Atom platform for tablets and netbooks at CES 2011.
MSI’s Andy Tung told the current Atom platform just doesn’t provide adequate battery life and power for the form factor, and that it’s finding the Oak Trail platform to be much better in all areas with the Windows 7 OS. Tung also said it’s still experimenting with the dualscreen Win 7 tablet, but similarly needs a better hardware platform.
The move will be a hard blow for Intel and Microsoft, both are struggling to break into the mainstream tablet market with the rise of lower cost Android offerings powered by ARM-based chip designs.
The MSI WindPad 110, which will be powered by Google’s mobile Android operating system and the ARM-based dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 250 chipset, is still on track to launch later this year in 2010.
According to the company, MSI will be working with Google to bring a mobile app store to the WindPad, but it isn’t clear if it will be Android’s official Android Market, an independent app store from MSI, or a hybrid offering of the two to possibly bring apps that are made and geared towards tablets rather than smartphones much in the same way that Apple has differentiated its iOS App Store into iPhone and iPad apps.