While Apple has been pretty successful by throwing a smartphone operating system on its flagship tablet, and it’s starting to look like HP could dump its Windows 7 plans for a slate running Palm’s WebOS, other companies appear to be hedging their bets — by preparing tablets running both Google Android and Windows 7. That’s the approach Asus is taking, and it looks like MSI is following a similar path.
Engadget reports that MSI will show off at least two different tablet computers at the Computex trade show in June. It looks like we’ll see Windows 7 tablets and Google Android tablets, with 8.9 inch and 10 inch displays. They’re expected to ship to the public during the third quarter of 2010.
The Android model will use NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform which combines a low power ARM-based processor with NVIDIA graphics to deliver HD video playback and 3D graphics acceleration. The Windows 7 tablet will be powered by an Intel Atom processor.
Meanwhile, that nifty dual-screen tablet-style netbook that MSI showed off at CES in January still needs some work and won’t be available before the 4th quarter of the year. The biggest problem right now is that the extra display is a bit of an energy hog, which means that you’ll e lucky to get 3 hours of battery life.