WindPad 110W Specs
Our WindPad 110W review unit comes equipped with an AMD Z-01 dual-core Fusion processor. Codenamed "Desna," the Z-01 is part of the Brazos mobile processor series which is based on the 40nm Bobcat architecture. Although Z-01 features the same core, cache and graphics configuration as the Iconia Tab W500's C-50 "Ontario" chip, its TDP has been slashed by 34%.
In addition to offering power savings over AMD's other solutions, the Z-01 packs a significant advantage over anything Intel currently offers: the 276MHz Radeon HD 6250. The ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro's Atom Z670 "Lincroft" processor uses the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600, which is comparatively slower than AMD's integrated engines.
As you can see on the pictures, the WindPad 110W like most other Windows tablets sports a fan to dissipate heat. I'm glad to report the fan almost never become active so it didn't bother me, otherwise we'd consider it a big annoyance compared to Android tablets and the iPad that rely on more austere hardware to fulfill their tasks.
MSI has equipped the WindPad 110W with 2GB of DDR3 memory with the ability to expand to 4GB. The company offers two models with 32GB or 64GB of internal flash storage. The former costs $600 but we have yet to confirm the price for the 64GB iteration. Additionally, users can expand the storage capacity using the SD/SDHC card reader.
The WindPad 110W also has a 1.3MP front camera for video chatting and another 1.3MP camera at the rear for taking photos -- the latter of which is underwhelming compared to what's offered with products such as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. The picture quality is average and the same can be said about the video, which is blurry and looks washed out.
The 10.1" IPS LED-backlit display features a native resolution of 1280x800, has a scratch resistant plastic and supports 178-degree viewing angles.
Network connectivity is tackled by 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, which is accompanied by Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), which would be handy for a full-fledged hardware keyboard or mouse among other external wireless peripherals.
The WindPad 110W is kept alive by a 31.08Wh Li-polymer battery, though the runtime is not specified, we'll just have to test that for ourselves.